2001 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.