2020 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul

Proprietary Blend - 1.5L
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jebdunnuck.com, November 2022

The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée De Mon Aïeul is also all Grenache but was raised all in demi-muids (I believe all used). Its more ruby/plum color is followed by an incredible bouquet of mulled red and black fruits...
VN 95

Vinous, June 2023

The 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aïeul has an edge over the 2021 and 2019. Enticing aromas of raspberry liqueur, ripe forest strawberry, red and black plum, black olive tapenade, licorice, abundant exotic spices and a...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2022

(91 - 93 points) The 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul is 100% old-vine Grenache, sourced from three different lieux-dits: Les Serres (galets), La Crau (clay) and La Guigasse (sand). This preliminary blend came...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2020
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 15.5%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

Introducing the exquisite 2020 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul, a red wine of unparalleled elegance and complexity. Hailing from the renowned Chateauneuf du Pape appellation in the Southern Rhone region of France, this proprietary blend showcases the expertise and artistry of the esteemed producer, Pierre Usseglio.

In the glass, this wine presents a captivating ruby-plum color that captures the eye and hints at the depth of flavors to come. The nose is a sensory delight, with an incredible bouquet that fills the air with the intoxicating aromas of mulled red and black fruits, sweet Provençal herbs, spice box, and a touch of graphite. Each note harmonizes seamlessly, creating a symphony of scents that entices the senses.

On the palate, the 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul reveals its true character. It possesses a slightly broader and more expansive profile than its counterparts, showcasing a full-bodied mouthfeel that is both seductive and luxurious. Ripe, polished tannins add structure and depth, while a great finish lingers on the palate, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck awarded this wine an outstanding score of 97 points, praising its brilliance and predicting its evolution over the next 15-20 years in cold cellars. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also recognized its excellence, awarding it a score of 93 points and noting its restrained elegance and silky tannins. Vinous, another respected publication, bestowed a score of 95 points and highlighted the enticing aromas of raspberry liqueur, ripe forest strawberry, and black plum.

The 2020 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul is a masterpiece that embodies the essence of the region. This wine is a testament to the dedication and passion of the producer, delivering a sensory experience that will captivate wine enthusiasts and collectors alike. Embrace the opportunity to savor this exceptional red wine, for it is sure to leave an indelible mark on your palate and memory.