Learn everything about Domaine Pierre Usseglio, Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. 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 Usseglio 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 in 1960, 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. Gregory Usseglio is now working fulltime as the estate, continuing the family owned tradition.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Pierre Usseglio owns 24 hectares of vineyards spread out over 17 different, small parcels in Chateauneuf du Pape. 1 hectare is used for the production of white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.
24 hectares are used for making red wine. The terroir is a combination of sand, clay, limestone and rocky soils. The vineyards are give or take, planted to 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault. The Counoise and Muscardin grapes have been replaced by more Grenache..
The best vintages of Domaine Pierre Usseglio are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 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 Chateauneuf du Pape is produced from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault which is the same as their vineyard plantings. The vines range in age from 30 to 75 years of age. The terroir is a mix of rocks, stones, sand and limestone soils.
The wine is aged for 18-24 months in a combination of foudres, demi-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. In 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 lieux-dits. This provides a terroir of rocks and sandy soils.
Since 2010, the wine has been made from 100% Grenache. Previously, up to 5% Syrah was used in the blend. The fruit is 100% vinified using 100% whole bunch grapes, meaning that all of the stems are intact.
The wine is aged for an average of 12 months in used, demi-muids for about 50% of the wine, The remaining wine is aged in concrete tanks before bottling. The production of Usseglio Mon Aieul is on average close to 650 cases per year.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Reserve des Deux Freres made its debut with the 2000 vintage. The name was changed to Reserve Des 2 Freres in 2007, and the label was redesigned as well.
The wine is made from the estate’s oldest Grenache vines. Previously, the wine was made with 10% Syrah, but that is no longer the case today. The grapes usually completely destemmed. The amount of stems varies, depending on the vintage.
Slightly more modern in style, the wine is aged in a combination of 10% new demi-muids, and 10% new, oak barrels along with a combination of one year old, or two year old, French oak barrels for 12-20 months. 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% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc and 5% 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 250 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, Reserve des 2 Freres offering, which can be stunning. But after the 2016, my view could change!
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Not For You has only been produced in 2 vintages, 2007 and 2016. Not For You is produced from only 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 a bit like the Cuvee Speciale from Bonneau that is very port like. But Not For You is not quite so over the top.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Not For You 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.
When to Drink Domaine Pierre Usseglio, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine Pierre Usseglio can be enjoyed on the young side with 1-2 hours of decanting. 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 usually better with 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-18 years after the vintage.
Serving 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.
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, grilled meats, barbecue 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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|2019||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Inky dark in color, the wine exudes notes of kirsch liqueur, thyme, flowers, black raspberries, smoke, espresso and peppery herbs. Concentrated, rich and intense, the wine is mouth-coating, yet even with all that power, there is an elegance and sensuality on the palate that steals the show. The finish really sticks with you with its almost endless, seamless layers of fruit. Give it a few years in the cellar to fully come together and for the oak to integrate. This will age quite nicely. Drink From 2025 - 2040. 98 Points
227 Views Tasted Jan 9, 2022
|2019||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Deep, floral, rich and fragrant, notes of flowers, black raspberries, kirsch, peppery cherries, espresso, thyme and smoke pop with little effort. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, lusciously textured and round, leaving you with layers of sweet, spicy, red berries and herbs. Here you find real sticking power as the wine stays with you on the palate through the endnote. The wine is made with 100% old vine Grenache. Drink from 2024 - 2039 97 Points
154 Views Tasted Jan 9, 2022
|2019||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fresh herbs, spice box, flowers and dark cherries pop easily on the nose. Soft in texture, with layers of luscious sweet cherries, kirsch and peppery dark cocoa on the back end, this is going to be great on release and it should also be able to age for over a decade with ease. Drink from 2022 - 2033 92 Points
93 Views Tasted Jan 9, 2022
|2019||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Blanc (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
White peach, flowers and spice, along with honeysuckle and orange rind with fresh squeezed lemon on the back end hit all the right notes. Fresh and tropical, sweet and stony, with a drizzle of honey, you can drink this release or age it a few years for more complexity. Drink from 2022 - 2030 92 Points
109 Views Tasted Jan 9, 2022
|2018||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Sweet, lush, juicy, peppery and concentrated, the wine is lush, fruity, rich and intense. Here you find layers of kirsch, black raspberries, spice and garrigue with a touch of mint and pepper in the finish. This should age quite well. The wine is made with 100% old vine Grenache. 95 Points
1,505 Views Tasted Oct 12, 2020
|2018||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Dark cherries, plum and peppery spices hit your nose as soon as the wine is poured. Soft, elegant, medium-bodied, fresh and clean with a juicy, round kirsch filled finish to boot. You can enjoy this with pleasure on release. 91 Points
1,760 Views Tasted Oct 12, 2020
|2017||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
The black raspberries and garrigue in the nose start the show. But it is on the full, lush, deep, spicy, opulent palate that you find the wines true, black raspberry, pepper, jam, licorice and herb filled character. There is length, freshness and complexity found here. This should age quite well. The wine is made with 100% old vine Grenache. 96 Points
4,894 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
|2017||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Blanc (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Flowers, honeysuckle, citrus, stone and lemon peel are all over the place. On the palate, the wine is juicy, fresh and leaves with you tropical, citrus notes. 91 Points
2,474 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
|2017||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, soft, spicy and fresh, with a nice peppery slant, the wine is forward, elegant and ends with a pure note of ripe, juicy kirsch. The wine was made blending 55% Grenache with 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. 90 Points
3,134 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
|2016||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Deep ruby in color the wine pops with black pepper, garrigue, plums, black cherry and kirsch. The wine is intense, concentrated and lush. The wine is no shy sister, coating your mouth and palate with layers of painted on dark, sweet spicy, fresh dark red fruits. The finish really stick with you with its sensuous textures for close to 60 seconds! This is just mind-blowing juice! The wine is made using 100% old vine Grenache. 100 Points
6,055 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2016||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Produced from 100% old vine Grenache that is planted in 3 different terroirs. Every in this wine really works for the blend this year. Full bodied, deep, lush and opulent in character, the wine has concentration, length and freshness. The deep red berries offers sweetness and purity with gorgeous textures. This should age quite well. 98 Points
8,024 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2016||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Not For You (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
From 100% Old Vine Grenache, this is pure, bottled intensity. Extremely sweet and a bit jammy on in the nose, the packs 2 bottles of wine into 1. Thick, dense, full bodied and multi layered, the wine coats your mouth, teeth gums and palate. There is a purity of fruit that is impossible not to get. But there is also a massive wall of fruit that might not be for everyone, but I have to say, I was blown away! The wine reached a whopping 17.2% alcohol. There is a touch of heat, but there is so much fruit, you might not notice it. This unique expression of Chateauneuf du Pape is not for everyone. It is in the same style as the special cuvee from Henri Bonneau. 97 Points
3,928 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2016||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Loads of herbs, pepper, underbrush, flowers and kirsch here. Silky, fresh, long and loaded with juicy kirsch, there is body and sweet fruits. You can drink this now, or give it a few years for more secondary notes to appear. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. 92 Points
3,323 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2015||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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
3,843 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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
2,814 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|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. 92 Points
2,592 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2016
|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. 89 Points
1,904 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|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. 90 Points
3,420 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|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. 94 Points
5,497 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|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. 92 Points
3,003 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|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. 91 Points
2,514 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|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. 97 Points
5,845 Views Tasted Jun 1, 2013
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
5,847 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2012
|2010||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fresh, ripe, rich and concentrated, the wine remains balanced. However, you do get a big blast of sweet, dark, peppery kirsch, jam, black raspberries liqueur of plum and herbs on the nose as well as on the lushly textured palate. This is a good time to start popping the corks on this bad boy, if you have any in your cellar. It should drink best over the next decade. 96 Points
1,884 Views Tasted Oct 8, 2020
|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. 92 Points
4,039 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
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
2,942 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2012
|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. 95 Points
3,916 Views Tasted Nov 20, 2015
|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. 93 Points
4,737 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2013
|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. 99 Points
5,328 Views Tasted Jan 2, 2015
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
5,183 Views Tasted Mar 25, 2014
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
5,243 Views Tasted May 11, 2012
|2007||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
This is in its peak drinking window, so if you want to catch all the perfectly ripe kirsch, black raspberry, spice, garrigue and thyme, if you have this beauty in your cellar, you should be popping the cork. I'm finishing my bottles over the next 3-4 years. 95 Points
3,964 Views Tasted Dec 4, 2019
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
4,412 Views Tasted Nov 25, 2017
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
3,958 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2017
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
8,210 Views Tasted Feb 19, 2012
|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. 90 Points
3,117 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|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. 95 Points
6,638 Views Tasted Aug 11, 2011
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
4,286 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2009
|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 96 Points
4,200 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2009
|2004||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
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
4,013 Views Tasted Aug 7, 2017
|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. 94 Points
2,891 Views Tasted May 18, 2017
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
2,916 Views Tasted Sep 5, 2016
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
2,809 Views Tasted Oct 23, 2013
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
3,874 Views Tasted Aug 6, 2012
|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. 93 Points
4,605 Views Tasted Nov 20, 2015
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
4,858 Views Tasted Jan 19, 2012
|2001||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
At peak maturity, the wine is elegantly textured, and focused on its kirsch, black raspberry, spice, underbrush and garrigue filled nose and palate. It's an absolute pleasure to imbibe today. But I think it is best to drink your bottles over the next2-4 years before the fruit fades. 95 Points
3,369 Views Tasted Jun 29, 2020
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
3,308 Views Tasted Nov 20, 2015
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
3,902 Views Tasted May 31, 2014
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
3,581 Views Tasted Oct 18, 2012
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
4,135 Views Tasted May 30, 2012
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
2,273 Views Tasted Oct 28, 2010
|2001||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Drinking at peak, this beauty popped with black pepper, mushroom, garrigue, grilled beef and ripe cherries. Soft, lush and filled with fruit, the finish served up the perfect blend of earth, herbs and peppery kirsch. 95 Points
2,498 Views Tasted Aug 9, 2020
Mature, full-bodied and intense. The initial sip was a bit hot, but that quickly faded. The wine offers a wealth of ripe, dense, dark, red, spicy fruits, herbs and some chocolate that tastes, smells and feels great. The old vine intensity really comes through. Not decanted, the wine is a pop and pour. I doubt it will improve and while there is no real hurry to drink this, I will opt for finishing my bottles over the next 3-4 years. 96 Points
1,853 Views Tasted Sep 26, 2019
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
3,313 Views Tasted May 18, 2017
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
2,991 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2016
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
3,359 Views Tasted Feb 2, 2014
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
3,411 Views Tasted Aug 13, 2012
|2000||Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
The last bottle from a case purchased on release was a beauty. With a nose of flowers, cherry liqueur, earth, and herbs, the wine is soft, silky, and elegant. The red pit fruits, coupled with herbs, earthy nuances and kirsch felt great as they left the glass and found their way to your palate. Fully mature, I'd opt for drinking this over the next 3 years or so. 94 Points
2,097 Views Tasted Jun 7, 2020
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
3,397 Views Tasted Sep 4, 2011
|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. 95 Points
2,665 Views Tasted May 10, 2015
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
3,669 Views Tasted May 31, 2014
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
5,407 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2011
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
2,194 Views Tasted Jul 25, 2005
|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. 88 Points
2,156 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2015
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
2,143 Views Tasted Nov 27, 2011
|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. 95 Points
3,198 Views Tasted Jul 27, 2016
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
2,621 Views Tasted Nov 20, 2015
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
2,968 Views Tasted May 31, 2014
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
4,010 Views Tasted Dec 28, 2011
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
4,046 Views Tasted Jul 26, 2010