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

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

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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.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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."
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Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils
Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils, France
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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.
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Famous for its full-bodied, seductive and spicy reds with flavor and aroma characteristics reminiscent of black cherry, baked raspberry, garrigue, olive tapenade, lavender and baking spice, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the leading sub-appellation of the southern Rhône River Valley. Large pebbles resembling river rocks, called "galets" in French, dominate most of the terrain. The stones hold heat and reflect it back up to the low-lying gobelet-trained vines. Though the galets are typical, they are not prominent in every vineyard. Chateau Rayas is the most obvious deviation with very sandy soil.

According to law, eighteen grape varieties are allowed in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and most wines are blends of some mix of these. For reds, Grenache is the star player with Mourvedre and Syrah coming typically second. Others used include Cinsault, Counoise and occasionally Muscardin, Vaccarèse, Picquepoul Noir and Terret Noir.

Only about 6-7% of wine from Chateauneuf-du-Pape is white. Blends and single-varietal bottlings are typically based on the soft and floral Grenache Blanc but Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussanne are grown with some significance.

The wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape takes its name from the relocation of the papal court to Avignon. The lore says that after moving in 1309, Pope Clément V (after whom Chateau Pape-Clément in Pessac-Léognan is named) ordered that vines were planted. But it was actually his successor, John XXII, who established the vineyards. The name however, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, translated as "the pope's new castle," didn’t really stick until the 19th century.

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Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.

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