Domaine Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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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 terroir is a mix of rocks, stones, sand and limestone soils. The vines are planted in the la Bigote, Charbonnieres, la Crau, les Esqueirons, les Galimardes, le Grand Pierre, la Guigasse, Maucoil, Pignan les Serres, and the Valori lieux-dits. The wine is aged for 18-24 months in a combination of foudres, demu-muids, tank and used, French oak casks for 12 months. 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. This provides a terroir of rocks and sandy soils.

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 demi-muid and concrete tanks before bottling. However, the Syrah can be aged in used, French oak barrels for 12 months. The production of Usseglio Mon Aieul is on average close to 1,600 cases per year.

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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

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2015Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 pts

Produced from 100% old vine Grenache, the perfumes kicks off with wild strawberry, pepper, garrigue and cherry notes to start off the party. Full bodied, deep and fresh, with ripe, elegant tannins and freshness, there is length in the lusty finish, which is a good thing as it allows you more time to enjoy all the peppery, red berry character.

95 points - Tasted
2015Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Soft, polished and silky with sweet, red fruits, thyme and spice that is already showing nicely. Forward in style, this is already quite fun to drink and should be delicious on release. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache with 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

91 points - Tasted
2014Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

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.

92 points - Tasted
2014Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)89 pts

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.

89 points - Tasted
2013Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

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.

90 points - Tasted
2012Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)94 pts

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.

94 points - Tasted
2012Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

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.

92 points - Tasted
2011Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Black cherry liqueur, garrigue and fresh kirsch are on display in this , plush, open wine that is already drinking with pleasure.

91 points - Tasted
2010Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

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.

97 points - Tasted

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.

96 points - Tasted
2010Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 pts

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.

92 points - Tasted

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.

92 points - Tasted
2009Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 pts

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.

95 points - Tasted
2009Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)93 pts

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.

93 points - Tasted
2007Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)99 pts

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.

99 points - Tasted

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.

99 points - Tasted

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.

98 points - Tasted
2007Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)98 pts

Incredibly concentrated, powerful and yet, perfectly balanced. The textures are plush, the wine offers sweetness, peppery spice and purity in its, fleshy, dark red fruits. Drink it now. Drink it in a decade. It is quite a treat.

97 points - Tasted

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.

96 points - Tasted

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!

98 points - Tasted
2007Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)90 pts

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.

90 points - Tasted
2006Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 pts

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.

95 points - Tasted

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

95 points - Tasted
2005Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)96 pts

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

96 points - Tasted
2004Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

Ready to go, with its complex garrigue, earth, black pepper, thyme and cherry filled nose. Medium/full bodied, soft textures and a juicy, sweet, spicy, kirsch filled finish rounds things out here.

91 points - Tasted
2003Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)98 pts

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.

94 points - Tasted

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.

95 points - Tasted

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.

98 points - Tasted

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.

98 points - Tasted
2003Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 pts

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.

93 points - Tasted

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.

95 points - Tasted
2001Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

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.

95 points - Tasted

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.

96 points - Tasted

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?

96 points - Tasted

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.

96 points - Tasted

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.

97 points - Tasted
2001Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)96 pts

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.

96 points - Tasted

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.

95 points - Tasted

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.

96 points - Tasted

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.

96 points - Tasted
2000Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 pts

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.

97 points - Tasted
2000Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)96 pts

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.

95 points - Tasted

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.

94 points - Tasted

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.

94 points - Tasted

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.

96 points - Tasted
1999Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée du Cinquantenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)91 pts

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.

88 points - Tasted

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.

91 points - Tasted
1998Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 pts

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.

95 points - Tasted

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.

94 points - Tasted

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.

94 points - Tasted

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.

93 points - Tasted

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.

93 points - Tasted