Everything about Domaine Pierre Usseglio, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairings, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles
Domaine Pierre Usseglio History, Overview
Pierre Usseglio, not to be confused with Raymond Usseglio (which is a different winery owned by his brother,) was founded in 1948 by Francis Usseglio. Francis moved to the Rhone from Italy in 1931. Francis had two sons, Pierre Usseglio and Raymond Usseglio.
Pierre Usseglio took over this domaine and his brother Raymond created his winery using his name which is how you have two different Usseglio wines in the Southern Rhone Valley today. The children of Pierre Usseglio, Jean-Pierre Usseglio and Thierry Usseglio manage the Pierre Usseglio estate. That change took place in 1999. One of the first changes the new generation of owners did was begin to completely destem the grapes starting with the 2001 vintage.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Pierre Usseglio owns 22 hectares of vineyards spread out over 15 different, small parcels in Chateauneuf du Pape. 1 hectare is used for the production of white Chateauneuf du Pape wine. The remaining 21 hectares are used for making red wine. The terroir is a combination of sand and rocky soils. The vineyards are give or take, planted to 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, 2% Counoise and 2% Muscardin for the red wine grapes.
The best vintages of Domaine Pierre Usseglio are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000 and 1998.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Pierre Usseglio produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 1 white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio is produced from a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, 2% Counoise and 2% Muscardin, which is the same as their vineyard plantings. The vines range in age from 30 to 65 years of age. The wine is aged for 18-24 months in foudres. The production is on average close to 3,500 cases per year.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Cuvee Mon Aieul made its debut in 1998. Most of the fruit comes from old vine, low yielding, Grenache that was planted in 1926. The vines come from 3 separate vineyards that are located in three different parts of the appellation. In the north, they have land in Guigasse, to the south they have vines in Les Serres and in the eastern portion of Chateauneuf du Pape they have vines in La Crau and Pignan.
The wine is usually produced from a blend of 95% old vine Grenache with 5% Syrah, although there are some vintages made with 100% Grenache. The fruit is 100% destemmed. The wine is aged for 14-16 months in concrete tanks before bottling. However, the Syrah can be aged in used, French oak barrels. The production of Usseglio Mon Aieul is on average close to 1,600 cases per year.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Reserve des Deux Freres made its debut with the 2000 vintage. The wine is made from a blend of the estate’s oldest Grenache vines and 10% Syrah. The grapes are not full destemmed. The amount of stems varies, depending on the vintage. More modern in style, the wine is aged in a combination of new demi muids. barrels and in a combination of one year old, or two year old, French oak barrels. Domaine Pierre Usseglio Reserve des Deux Freres is not made every year, but when it is, only 500 cases are produced. Aside from being expensive, the bottles of Réserve des Deux Frères are over-sized and do not fit in standard wine racks. Trust me, it can be a problem. But the wines are sublime.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Blanc is made from a blend of 70% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette and 10% Bourboulenc. Most of the wine is aged in stainless steel tanks, however a small portion of the wine is aged in new, French oak barrels for 6 months. Not much is made as only 350 cases are produced each vintage.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Mon Aieul is my favorite wine from Pierre Usseglio. I often find it more interesting and a much better value than their more expensive, Deux Freres offering, which can be stunning.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Not For You has only been produced in 2 vintages, 2007 and 2010. Not For You is produced from old vine Grenache picked from vines close to 100 years of age. The grapes come from the Les Grandes Serres lieu-dit. What makes this wine unique is that it took almost two years to finish fermentation! Extremely high in alcohol, at close to 18%, this high octane wine is said to resemble the Cuvee Speciale from Bonneau that is very port like. It develops this unique character because it retains close to 2-3 grams of sugar. Obviously the Usseglio brothers are having some fun with the wine’s name. But try finding a bottle. Production is extremely limited, in fact, less than 400 bottles were produced.
Serving and Decanting Domaine Pierre Usseglio with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Pierre Usseglio is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine Pierre Usseglio is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine Pierre Usseglio is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine Pierre Usseglio is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
From time to time, Domaine Pierre Usseglio has produced a few one off wines. In 1999, they released Cuvee de Cinquantenaire, a 200 case production made from 100% old vine Grenache. This can be see as a precursor to the Reserve des Deux Freres.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio also produces wine from 2.5 hectares of vines they own in the Cotes du Rhone and Lirac appellations.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Wine Tasting Notes
23 Vintages 144173 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2014 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
One of the top wines in this mixed vintage, the wine shows good color, layers of sweet, lushly textured, dark, cherries and a spicy, fresh, peppery finish that sticks around on your palate.
Jun 24, 2016points - Tasted 1482 Views
2014 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Elegant, spicy charmer, with a forward personality that shows off its black raspberry, kirsch, and white pepper core quite nicely. Forward in style, this is already quite fun to drink.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 1096 Views
2013 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Soft, peppery and smooth, with a charming, kirsch and spicy character that carries through. The wine was made from a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Cinsault.
Sep 7, 2015points - Tasted 2012 Views
2012 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Sweet, peppery goodness, ripe, juicy plum, kirsch and licorice notes stay with you. This 100% old vine Grenache wine is just going to get better and possibly even better from here.
Sep 17, 2014points - Tasted 4776 Views
2012 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Using 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault produced a wine with an array of flowers, licorice, red berry and spicy scents. The wine delivers a wave of fresh cherries and fennel in the finish.
Sep 10, 2014points - Tasted 2582 Views
2011 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Black cherry liqueur, garrigue and fresh kirsch are on display in this , plush, open wine that is already drinking with pleasure.
Aug 19, 2014points - Tasted 2157 Views
2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
You can see the level of concentration of fruit in the deep color, and sense it on the palate with the decadent levels of sublime pure, ripe, fresh berries, silky tannins and in the long, rich finish. Usseglio has been on fire since 1998! This is a beautiful style and expression of Grenache with a track record for aging.
Jun 1, 2013points - Tasted 4976 Views
From 100% Grenache, made from insanely low yields of 16 hecoliters per hectare, the wine reached 16.5% alcohol. Yet there is no touch of heat in the concentrated, deep, lush, ripe, licorice, black cherry liqueur and floral wine. I love this stylish wine. Mon Aieul is one of the most consistent producers of Chateauneuf du Pape.
Mar 21, 2012points - Tasted 4990 Views
2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Ripe, fat, juicy fruits, great concentration of flavor with a fresh, peppery, jammy black raspberries, licorice, earth, kirsch and spice. This lush wine remains one of the top values in Chateauneuf du Pape.
May 29, 2013points - Tasted 3523 Views
Jammy black raspberry, licorice, cherry griotte and herbs, this rich, concentrated, fleshy wine is filled with layers of sweet, ripe, fresh, dark, jammy berries. This is another top value Chateauneuf du Pape wine from the 2010 vintage.
Mar 21, 2012points - Tasted 2433 Views
2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Truly, a super wine, in a great style says it all. The wine is silky, lush, sensuous and concentrated, with richness and purity of fruit that stands out. The ripe and very ripe black cherries, raspberry and kirsch are made all the better with licorice, herb and earthy notes. This is only going to get better with age.
Nov 20, 2015points - Tasted 1951 Views
2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Fresh, forward and fun to drink, this easy to like open wine lacks the weight and density of recent vintages like 2007 and 2010. But there is a good quality to the fresh, spicy, black raspberry and peppery character of the soft textured wine.
Dec 1, 2013points - Tasted 4075 Views
2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
I'm not sure Chateauneuf du Pape gets much better than this. In a year or two, this should hit triple digits. It's incredibly concentrated, the wine coats your mouth palate, teeth and gums with waves of perfectly, polished, ripe, sweet berries. Everything is in balance. The fruit offered a beautiful sense of purity and the finish is seamless.
Jan 2, 2015points - Tasted 4268 Views
This is compelling from the first swirl, sniff and sip. Layers of silky, smooth, perfectly ripe, rich, spicy red berries coat your mouth. Big, powerful, and concentrated with all the right stuff, this delicious Chateauneuf du Pape and in balance and harmony.
Mar 25, 2014points - Tasted 4181 Views
Ridiculously expensive, especially when compared to the much more reasonably priced Mon Aieul bottling, there is no reason to knock what’s in the bottle. The compelling aromatics offer licorice, black raspberry jam, kirsch liqueur, earth, herb and cracked black pepper. Juicy, big, fat and packed with black cherry, kirsch and strawberry jam, the wine coats your palate with flavor.
May 11, 2012points - Tasted 4570 Views
2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Great wine drinking in the sweet spot. Concentrated, lush, fresh and packed with sweet, ripe, spicy, juicy, peppery kirsch and black raspberries with a silky finish.
Mar 12, 2017points - Tasted 2543 Views
From 100% old vine Grenache, this explosive Chateauneuf du Pape offers a perfume packed with jammy, black cherry liqueur, fennel, plum, garrigue and kirsch. Intense, powerful and layered with a melange of perfectly ripe, juicy berries, this concentrated wine coats your mouth with flavor, plush textures and purity of black and red fruits. The finish seems to last at least 50 seconds. I've enjoyed every vintage off Usseglio mon Aieul, but this is the best yet. As good as this amazing Chateauneuf du Pape is now, in a few years, it's really going to take off!
Feb 19, 2012points - Tasted 7231 Views
2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
A very nice wine that is drinking at peak. Popped and poured, it's ripe, OK, very ripe, soft and aromatic, but it is not an ager. I'm going to drink my bottles over the next 2-3 years. This is going to fade quickly.
Sep 17, 2014points - Tasted 2601 Views
2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
This fabulous Chateauneuf du Pape was popped and poured. It only needed 20 minutes to wake up and offer an array of spicy cherries, earth, garrigue, pepper and black raspberry notes. Full bodied and richly textured, this delicious, balanced wine could use a few more years before it starts to open and drink well.
Aug 11, 2011points - Tasted 5779 Views
This kicks off with a blast of fresh garrigue, herbs, olives and fruit. Good depth and body. The long cherry, strawberry finish ends withan elegant licorice note. Produced from 90 year old Grenache
Jul 1, 2009points - Tasted 3446 Views
2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
This Chateauneuf du Pape offers a mouthful of ripe, sweet, jammy black berries, complicated by hints of fennel, cherry, herbs and dark chocolate. Full bodied and powerful. The finish includes a light kiss of oak. This demands a few years before it all comes together
Jul 1, 2009points - Tasted 3636 Views
2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
My last bottle from the case, and as it so often happens, this was showing really strong. Fully mature, with an exotic, concentrated, kirsch filled blast of fruit, the jam, garrigue, spice and underbrush side also came out nicely. This is not a wine I'd hold for further aging, but it has been a fun ride since release.
May 18, 2017points - Tasted 1082 Views
The wine looked older than its true age. The fragrance, flavors, textures, are of a mature wine. Silky, lush, exotic and fully mature, while I really liked the wine, I am happy to have only few bottles remaining, as this needs to drunk up over the next few years.
Sep 5, 2016points - Tasted 1805 Views
Garrigue, spice box, licorice, kirsch notes, with sweet ripe, pure, polished, dark red berries, Long, and intense, there is no touch of heat or jammy sensations in the finish.
Oct 23, 2013points - Tasted 2263 Views
With a perfume that explodes in your face the moment the wine hits the glass, powerful aromas of fresh, pure, ripe cherries, kirsch, minerality, herbs, pepper, licorice, black raspberry, earth, spice, pepper and garrigue scream for your attention. The wine offers intense depth of flavor, concentration, balance, length and purity of fruit. The long, clean, spicy, cherry packed finish feels luxurious on your palate. Popped and poured, 2003 Usseglio Deux Freres does not need decanting. There is no hurry to drink it, but if you have some, it's a great time to be tasting it. Even though the label reads 15% alcohol, there is no sensation of heat.
Aug 6, 2012points - Tasted 3354 Views
2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Porty in style, with loads of licorice, jam, barnyard, kirsch, and earthy aromatics. The low acid wine finishes with ripe and over ripe fruits. This is fully mature. Based on its development, if you own any, I think you should drink it sooner than later.
Nov 20, 2015points - Tasted 3842 Views
What a delicious treat! Opulent textures, meet ripe,fresh, spicy, strawberry, raspberry, pepper, garrigue and kirsch. There is no sensation of heat and the fruit is fresh. This is not a jammy style of wine. Lush and open, this is a Chateauneuf du Pape of pleasure that wants to be enjoyed over the next 5-8 years.
Jan 19, 2012points - Tasted 4202 Views
2001 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Earthy, lusty, fleshy and packed with sweet, ripe, peppery fruits, kirsch and garrigue, the wine is dense, long, rich and intense. This is drinking great today. It might improve, but there is no reason to wait, as it's really at peak today.
Nov 20, 2015points - Tasted 2568 Views
This is just cranking on all 12 cylinders now! The wine is dense, intense, full bodied and deep, with layers of fresh, perfectly ripe cherries, black raspberries, jam and licorice. The finish goes on and on. I am happy to have a few bottles in the cellar.
May 31, 2014points - Tasted 3069 Views
Floral, black raspberry, licorice pepper, kirsch and black cherry liqueur aromas, sensuous, full bodied, rich textures and plush, long, spicy, plummy finish are found in this wine. Popped and poured, the wine fleshed out in the glass with 15 minutes of air. This is drinking superbly today. Why wait when there is so much pleasure to be found in this delicious Chateauneuf du Pape?
Oct 18, 2012points - Tasted 2949 Views
The perfect combination of rustic, lushness. Licorice, kirsch, garrigue, earth and spicy strawberry. Rich, plush, powerful and delivering about as much pleasure as one can get from bottle of 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape.
May 30, 2012points - Tasted 3504 Views
Inky color. Herbs, jammy berries, pepper and blackberry liqueur aromas take over your senses. This is very serious juice. Huge, dense, concentrated. This is no shy wallflower of a wine. Wild and untamed with a long fresh, ripe, fruit filled finish.
Oct 28, 2010points - Tasted 1665 Views
2001 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Really showing well, there is so much garrigue, you feel like you're in Provence. Add the barnyard, kirsch, pepper, mint and wild, red fruits with the rich, plush textures and you get the idea. This is truly in the sweet spot.
May 18, 2017points - Tasted 1097 Views
Fresh, bright, spicy, peppery, black raspberries, garrigue, kirsch and wild strawberry pop with no effort. Soft, elegant and showing its stuff, this is drinking well today. There is no sensation of heat, even though the wine reached 16.2. However, at this point, I prefer how the Mon Aieul is showing.
Aug 21, 2016points - Tasted 1678 Views
At 16.2% alcohol, there is not a touch of heat. You're too busy enjoying the rich, peppery, sweet, black raspberry, garrigue, strawberry jam, spice and earth. Rich and mouth filling, this is drinking perfectly today. I'd guess it's good for at least 10-12 more years.
Feb 2, 2014points - Tasted 2653 Views
Intense, full bodied, concentrated, rich and packed with kirsch, ripe strawberry and black raspberry, pepper, spice, black cherry and fennel, the wine is open and offering a sensuous, Chateauneuf du Pape tasting experience.
Aug 13, 2012points - Tasted 2728 Views
2000 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Licorice, jammy black raspberries, pepper, earth, kirsch, Provencal herbs, rocks, strawberry and black cherry scents awaken your senses, Full bodied and filled with fresh, strawberry and cherries, this intense Chateauneuf du Pape is drinking at the perfect place. To catch its beautiful layered, fresh fruit and spice, drink this over the next 3-5 years.
Sep 4, 2011points - Tasted 2864 Views
2000 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
What a super wine. That is, if you like a nose packed with kirsch, black cherry, incense, thyme, garrigue, smoke and a tinge of vanilla. The rich, fat textures, pure fruit and sweet, kirsch in the finish really make this sing. At 15 years of age, this is still going strong. But there really is no reason to wait for further development.
May 10, 2015points - Tasted 2036 Views
Silky smooth, soft and polished, the sweet red fruits, licorice, black cherry jam and herbs make a great impression on your palate from start to finish.
May 31, 2014points - Tasted 3074 Views
Black pepper, jammy strawberries, Provencal herbs, plums, earth and black raspberry aromas are easy to spot as soon as this delicious Chateauneuf du Pape leaves the bottle and enters your glass. This voluptuous wine has entered full maturity, The baby fat has been replaced with soft, silky textures and a long, sweet, spice filled, red and black fruit filled finish. There is probably not much to be gained by further aging. I'm going to finish my remaining bottles over the next 2-4 years.
Aug 31, 2011points - Tasted 4826 Views
Notes of pepper, red and black fruit, coffee, cola, herbs and more pepper. The finish lasts at least 40 seconds. Wow! The wine takes over your entire palate. And as good it is, it’s only going to get better.
Jul 25, 2005points - Tasted 1603 Views
1999 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée du Cinquantenaire ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
The fruit is clearly starting to fade as the sensations of tartness are starting to show through. Better on the expressive nose than the palate, due to a slight dry sensation, this needs to be consumed sooner than later.
Nov 14, 2015points - Tasted 1381 Views
Fully mature, with a peppery, kirsch, earth, strawberry jam, herb and spice box nose. this medium bodied Chateauneuf du Pape offers a lot of charm and character. But it's at peak, or slightly past, (I do not see this wine often,) and should be consumed sooner than later. This bottling was replaced by the Usseglio Mon Aieul the following year.
Nov 27, 2011points - Tasted 1898 Views
1998 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
A beauty at its peak of maturity, shouting out its spicy, kinky, kirsch and earthy personality for all to see. Soft and silky, medium bodied, fresh and sweet, this is drinking perfectly with no decanting.
Jul 27, 2016points - Tasted 2174 Views
Fully mature, this blend of spicy, black raspberries, cherry, licorice, pepper and earth gets even better, with its lush, fleshy, opulent palate presence. There is no reason to age this any longer.
Nov 20, 2015points - Tasted 2023 Views
Loads of fresh, ripe, jammy black raspberries, fresh cracked pepper, earth and kirsch. the wine is full bodied, deep, concentrated, long and drinking in the sweet spot.
May 31, 2014points - Tasted 2439 Views
Peppery red and black fruits, earth, spice and kirsch make up the perfume. The wine is round and soft on the palate, finishing with cherries and pepper. I bought a case of this Chateauneuf du Pape on release and it's not the explosive wine it was. It's lost some of its power and freshness. This was a better wine a few years ago. I'm going to finish my remaining bottles over the next 2-3 years. This vintage of Mon Aieul needs to be drunk up sooner than later.
Dec 28, 2011points - Tasted 3520 Views
I'm hoping this showing was for this specific bottle, as this did not feature the same body or length as other bottles have shown in past. Ruby in color, with pepper, black raspberry, herb, fennel and black cherry aromas making up the perfume. Medium bodied with a spicy plum and jammy berry finish. All my bottles are from the original case. I'm going to pop another in the next few weeks to see if this bottle was correct or not.
Jul 26, 2010points - Tasted 3568 Views