2010 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul
Proprietary Blend - 1.5L

  • RR 99
  • WA 98
  • VN 95
  • WS 94
  • JR 93

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RR 99
Rhone Report - The Rhone Report, September 2011
Tasted as a final blend and up there with the best of the vintage the 2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul a blend of 90% old vine Grenache and 10% Syrah aged 70% in cement tank 20%... Tasted as a final blend and up there with the best of the vintage the 2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul a blend of 90% old vine Grenache and 10% Syrah aged 70% in cement tank 20% in neutral barrel and the rest in demi-muid shows spectacular aromatics of raspberry blackberry roasted meat licorice and huge minerality on the nose. This is followed by a wine that has full-bodied power a decadent yet light and balanced texture and serious concentration and depth. This really shows the purity depth and structure of the vintage and I can't wait to taste this from bottle!
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2015
98+ The Usseglio’s consider the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul to be their greatest to date. I’ve done numerous tastings with the 2010 and 2007 side by side, and more times than not, I think the 2007 is the... 98+ The Usseglio’s consider the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul to be their greatest to date. I’ve done numerous tastings with the 2010 and 2007 side by side, and more times than not, I think the 2007 is the better wine. Time will tell though, and both are sensational wines that readers should have in their cellars. The inky colored 2010 is 100% Grenache fermented with 30% stems and aged in a combination of older barrels and foudre. More focused and precise than the '07 (and even darker in color), yet still with massive concentration and depth, it offers deep, rich notes of blackberries, cassis, ground herbs, pepper and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, thick and layered on the palate, it never puts a foot wrong, has fabulous purity and a blockbuster finish. It needs 3-4 years of cellaring, but will have 20-25 years of longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck
VN 95
Vinous - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2013
Inky ruby. Red and dark berries on the highly perfumed, floral-accented nose. Lush but energetic, offering intense black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors and showing strong spicy cut. Fine-grained tannins give... Inky ruby. Red and dark berries on the highly perfumed, floral-accented nose. Lush but energetic, offering intense black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors and showing strong spicy cut. Fine-grained tannins give shape to a strikingly long, sappy finish. Superbly energetic and rich. -- Josh Raynolds
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, August 2012
A bold ripe almost heady style with thickly layered blueberry fig and boysenberry fruit laced with mouthwatering spice and melted black licorice followed by a long fruitcake-filled finish. This has the stuffing and grip... A bold ripe almost heady style with thickly layered blueberry fig and boysenberry fruit laced with mouthwatering spice and melted black licorice followed by a long fruitcake-filled finish. This has the stuffing and grip for cellaring but ultimately for fans of the more bombastic style. Best from 2014 through 2030. -J.M.
JR 93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, December 2011
18/20 Dark crimson. Very ripe, almost porty on the nose. Lustrous and polished. Black cherry soup. Then quite marked tannin and acidity. Should make old bones. Quite dramatic. ‘Twould be interesting to taste this... 18/20 Dark crimson. Very ripe, almost porty on the nose. Lustrous and polished. Black cherry soup. Then quite marked tannin and acidity. Should make old bones. Quite dramatic. ‘Twould be interesting to taste this alongside one of the drier ports – or a fine Douro red. Appetising and successful.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2010

Label

Cuvee de Mon Aieul is a selection of grapes from vines 75 to 90 years old. They come from plots on La Crau, les Bédines or les Serres, where the soils are sand and stone, covered in the regions famous galets. A pure and concentrated wine, the nose is very complex with notes of raspberries, licorice and spices. It is a powerful wine yet retains great elegance, and is at its best between 10 and 12 years of age.

Winery

Pierre Usseglio

Domaine Pierre Usseglio was founded in Chateauneuf-du-Pape by Pierre’s father, Francis in 1948. Pierre eventually took the reigns and, since 1999, his children have run the estate. The Domaine holds 15 small vineyard plots throughout the AOC, totaling 22 hectares. Only one of those hectares is planted to white grapes. The remainder, with a mix of rocky and sandy soils, represent approximately 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, 2% Counoise and 2% Muscardin. Domaine Pierre Usseglio makes three red wines and one white.