RHÔNE Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2015

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Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2015


Category: France, RHÔNE, Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils, 2015

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.

A very powerful but elegant wine. A concentrated and structured wine that is made for ageing.

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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

The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, half aged in oak, half aged in concrete. Like all of Thierry Usseglio’s wines, this is massively ripe, with plummy, spicy notes underscored by a creamy mouthfeel and richly tannic finish. 92 Points, Joe Czerwinski, October 2017

James Suckling Tasting Note

Some dark berries amid brambly red fruits, poached figs, wild grasses and herbs. The palate folds out a ripe and sweepingly rich expression of mostly raspberry and red plum flavored fruits. A long majestic finish. Drink now. 93 Points, August 2017

Jeb Dunnuck  Tasting Note

Moving to the 2015s, this is a solid vintage for this estate and the wines have more fruit and depth than most. A blend of mostly Grenache that was brought up in tank (10% in older barrels), the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers a ripe, full-bodied, impressively concentrated style to go with lively, fresh notes of dried flowers, exotic spice, intense and both red and black raspberry-like fruit. It’s a winner in the vintage and will keep for a decade. 92 Points, October 2017

Food Pairing

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

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