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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Mon Aieul (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
(search item no. 91012)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $199.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"(90% Grenache in this vintage and 10% Syrah) Dense ruby/blue/purple to the rim, this is no wimpy wine, tipping the scales at 15.8% alcohol, but the higher than normal acidity and moderately high tannins give it a decidedly vin de garde style that promises a considerably long life. Unlike the 2004, or 2003 for that matter, it is a wine for patient connoisseurs who are willing to invest 5-6 years. Made from very low yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, this blockbuster, powerful, muscular style of wine should be at its best between 2012 and 2023. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio have once again produced some of the finest Chateauneuf du Papes of the vintage, particularly in 2005. This is no small accomplishment given the fact that their 2003 cuvees were among the very finest wines of that challenging and irregular year."
-Robert Parker 93-95

"Saturated ruby. Explosive aromas of blackberry, cherry and licorice, along with an intense floral note. Impressively fleshy and mouthfilling, with dense, sweet red and dark berry flavors, a subtle garrigue quality and supple tannins. Lush, creamy and extremely long on the finish, with a dominant flavor of ripe blackcurrant."
-International Wine Cellar 93-96

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About Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils:

In 1931 an Italian Francis Usseglio left Italy and went to Chateauneuf du Pape in France. Here he got a job at some winegrowers. After the war he got his own property - in 1948. He had two sons Pierre and Raymond. Pierre Usseglio got his father's property and Raymond established another estate. Today the 3. generation is in charge. The sons of Pierre Usseglio, Jean-Pierre and Thierry run Domaine Pierre Usseglio and Stephanie runs Domaine Raymond Usseglio. Today Domaine Pierre Usseglio consists of 21 ha. divided in 15 different parcels in the appellation. Half of the vines are about 60 years old and the rest is about 30 years old.