domaine pierre usseglio, chateauneuf-du-pape, de mon aieul 2009

domaine pierre usseglio, chateauneuf-du-pape, de mon aieul 2009
STEPHEN TANZER
93
WINE SPECTATOR
92

Critics' Scores

  • STEPHEN TANZER
    93
    Stephen Tanzer

    Full ruby. Intense black raspberry and mulberry aromas are complicated by suggestions of Asian spices, licorice and musky herbs. Bright and sappy on the palate, with a seamless texture to the spice-accented red and dark berry compote flavors. Notes of lavender and allspice carry through the long, juicy, nicely focused finish. I suspect that this wine will drink well on the young side. (JR)

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    92
    Wine Spectator

    This ripe red offers layers of linzer torte, cassis and blackberry fruit piled on top of well-rounded tannins. Loads of spice and licorice ripple through the finish, with an underlying iron hint. Shows the focus and polish of the vintage. (JM)

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    95
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Another wine that got better and better over the evening was the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul. I've drunk through my fair share of bottles of this over the past few years. It has never shut down and has always shown well. A ripe, forward and sexy wine, it has lots of kirsch, garrigue, exotic spice and floral notes to go with a ripe, concentrated feel on the palate. It certainly has the vintage's Provencal character and is an exuberant, hedonistic Grenache to enjoy over the coming 10-12 years. (JD)

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