Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016

The Domaine Pierre USSEGLIO is a family business, created in 1948 by Francis USSEGLIO from Italy and is one of the most well-regarded producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This first-class Domaine is now run by Pierre Usseglio’s sons Jean-Pierre and Thierry.

They own 39 hectares of vineyards, including 24 of Châteauneuf-du-Pape red, with some of the best locations in the region.

The excellent terroir, old vines and generations of craftmanship have resulted in wines of the highest quality.

Grape

Grenache 75%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 10%, Cinsault 5%

Vineyard & Vinification Note

The parcels are spread over the entire area of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.

The various locations boast four different types of terroir which has great impact on the complexity in the wines. There are lime-rich, cool locations as well as dry, warm sandy soil.

24 hectares of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge.

The vines are between 35 and 75 years old.

Harvest is done by hand.

This red Châteauneuf-du-Pape is made in the traditional way. The grapes harvested manually, are destemmed at 60%. Fermentation is followed by thermoregulation, it lasts from 25 to 35 days.

The wines are aged in oak barrels, in 1/2 muids, in concrete vats and barrels over a period of 12 months.

Tasting Note

Bright dense red colour. The nose has intense aromas of ripe red and black fruit mixed with spices. The palate is silky, good tannins with beautiful rich blackberry and blueberry aromas. Spicy notes are more present on the palate than the nose. A very powerful but elegant wine. It is a concentrated and structured wine that is made for ageing.

Wine Advocate Tasting Note

A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% each Cinsault and Mourvèdre, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is full-bodied, rich and round. Despite being a touch on the warm side, it’s deceptively easy to drink, with sexy flavors of raspberries and chocolate that glide to a smooth, lingering finish. 92 Points, Joe Czerwinski, August 2018

James Suckling Tasting Note

Attractive freshness and power, this typifies much of what is great about the 2016 vintage. It carries the ripeness well. Dark berries and flowers lead to ripe plums and succulent, long tannins carrying abundant, ripe, dark fruit. Blows out big flavor on the finish. Drink or hold. 93 Points, August 2018

Jeb Dunnuck Tasting Note

The classic 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in at around 75% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, and a splash of Cinsault. This rock star traditional cuvée gives up loads of black licorice, garrigue, black raspberries, and kirsch liqueur. It’s powerful and full-bodied, yet elegant and seamless, with fine tannin, no hard edges, and a great finish. Despite the richness and weight, it stays weightless and elegant, with silky tannin. Don’t miss it. 93 Points, August 2018

Food Pairing

A great pairing to charcuterie, red meat, game, a mushroom fricassee and cheeses.