domaine pierre usseglio, chateauneuf-du-pape, de mon aieul 2015

domaine pierre usseglio, chateauneuf-du-pape, de mon aieul 2015
JEB DUNNUCK
97
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
91

Critics' Scores

  • JEB DUNNUCK
    97
    Jeb Dunnuck

    The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de Mon Aïeul is another gorgeous wine from this family estate. As always it comes from three Grenache parcels: la Serres, La Crau and La Guigasse (there are 2 hectares in each parcel). In both 2015 and 2016 this cuvée wasn’t destemmed and was brought up mostly in tank, with 15-20% in demi-muids. The 2016 spent a huge 45 days on skins before being pressed to barrel. This beauty offers the fine, finesse-driven style of the vintage, yet has full-bodied depth and richness as well as sensational notes of framboise, crushed flowers, licorice, Christmas fruitcake and spice. It’s in the top handful of wines in the vintage and will benefit from short-term cellaring and have 20+ years of overall longevity.

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    91
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Next to the traditional cuvée, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul is even riper and more concentrated, but that's not always a good thing. This all-Grenache cuvée offers fudge-like density and rich tannins but also cooked, dead-fruit flavors and bright acidity on the finish.

  • JAMES SUCKLING
    94
    James Suckling

    A bolder, more concentrated and compressed expression with darker plum and cherry fruits on the nose and palate. The power and concentration here is impressive. Gently chocolate-flavored at the finish. Terrific wine. Drink now.

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