Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009

Rhone White Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

$52.99
Item No. 111062
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS92
  • RP90
  • ST90

Winemaker's Notes

One of the finest white Chateauneufs I have ever tasted from Pierre Usseglio is their 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc. Composed of 60% Grenache Blanc, 35% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc, it was aged in old barrels (70%) and steel tanks (30%). There are only 3,000 bottles produced of this nectarine, mango, honeysuckle and quince-scented and flavored white wine. Rich, medium to full-bodied, crisp, fleshy and dry, it can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.

One of my favorite stops on my trips to the southern Rhone is at Domaine Pierre Usseglio where brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio have accomplished special things. A new state-of-the-art tasting room has been added, somewhat unusual in Chateauneuf du Pape where little has changed in the three decades I have been tasting there. However, the small, discrete Usseglio tasting room would never be compared with tasting rooms that exist in Bordeaux and California.

Critical Acclaim

"A bright, lively style, with tangy pear, green and yellow apple and Cavaillon melon notes laced with orange blossom and honeysuckle. This has a stylish, floral finish. Drink now. 250 cases made."
92 Points

"One of the finest white Chateauneufs I have ever tasted from Pierre Usseglio is their 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc. Composed of 60% Grenache Blanc, 35% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc, it was aged in old barrels (70%) and steel tanks (30%). There are only 3,000 bottles produced of this nectarine, mango, honeysuckle and quince-scented and flavored white wine. Rich, medium to full-bodied, crisp, fleshy and dry, it can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years." "
90 Points

"Pale yellow. Ripe pear and yellow plum on the nose and palate. Fleshy and broad, with very good depth and power. Picks up spiciness with air and finishes with strong punch and lingering smokiness. For a rich wine this shows nice balance and focus."
90 Points

Learn 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...

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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone White Blends

White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...

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