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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2003
Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 2003
(search item no. 83252)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The deep plum/ruby/purple-colored 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape (80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre and Cinsault; 40,000 bottles produced) exhibits aromas of cassis, black cherries, earth, and pepper. This full-bodied, tannic, rich, ageworthy 2003 will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and drink well for 12-14 years."

"One cannot say enough about the extraordinary qualitative revolution that has quietly taken place at this well-known domaine north of the village of Chateauneuf du Pape. While father Pierre is still on the premises, providing a wealth of historical information about the vineyards, his two sons, Jean-Pierre and Thierry, have introduced two extra-special cuvees, pushing this estate into the top echelon of Chateauneuf du Pape producers. This domaine is notorious for incredibly low yields (in 2003 yields were 25-28 hectoliters per hectare) as well as traditional winemaking. They now have a small, 1-hectare plot of vin de pays planted with Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante, and Merlot."
-Wine Advocate

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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.