Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘ Cuvée de Mon Aieul’ 2014

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

100% Grenache

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

Cuvée 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.

Harvest is done by hand.

The bunches are destemmed, depending on the ripeness of the stalks, and then they are very slightly crushed before macerating in concrete vats for 30 to 40 days. Fermentation temperatures are between 25 ° – 28 °. During this period procedures such as pumping over, délestage or even batonnage take place. These procedures allow a gentle extraction of the aromatic components to ensure good concentration and intense colours.

Aged in concrete tanks for 18 months.

Tasting Note

The “Cuvée de mon Aïeul” is a pure and concentrated wine. The nose is very complex with notes of raspberries, liquorice and spices. It is a powerful wine that retains great elegance. Delicious!

Wine Advocate Tasting Note

The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aïeul is, as always, 100% Grenache brought up mostly in tank, with smaller portions in barrels and demi-muids, all of which are one- to three-years-old. Like all top 2014s, its charming and sweetly fruited, with classic Grenache notes of toasted spices, incense, roasted herbs and sweet red and black fruits. It’s not a blockbuster, but is beautifully balanced and silky, with fine tannin, no hard edges, good concentration and outstanding length. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. 94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, October 2016

Food Pairing

Enjoy with game, a rack of lamb and strong cheeses.