2005 Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml

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2005 Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape
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International Wine Cellar | 91

($44) Bright red. Strikingly fresh aromas of vibrant strawberry and cherry, gaining depth and ripeness with air. The darker fruits continue onto the palate, which is brightened by a spicy blood orange quality. Finishes with excellent snap and drive, especially for a "basic" bottling. This has gained richness since last year but not at the expense of vivacity.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 136

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Wine Advocate | 92-94

The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition, a 100% destemmed cuvee produced from 25 hectoliters per hectare and aged 80% in old wood foudres and 20% in tank, is dense purple with terrific fruit notes of raspberry, black cherry, and even some black currant and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, with good acidity, moderate tannin, and outstanding ripeness and length, this wine will be at its best in 2-3 years, and drink well for 12-15. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio have once again produced some of the finest Chateauneuf du Papes of the vintage, particularly in 2005. This is no small accomplishment given the fact that their 2003 cuvees were among the very finest wines of that challenging and irregular year.

Drink Dates: 2009-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 169

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Wine Spectator | 92

Taut and reserved for now, with red plum and red currant notes held back by sinewy tannins and a racy minerality. Has solid length, and the flesh should fill out with cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2008-2022
Author: James Molesworth
Issue: Insider

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Score: 92
Author: John L144
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/23/2013
Score: 90
Author: Kjartan
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/06/2012
Score:
Author: darvid
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/18/2011
Drink Dates:
Medium dark color, clear, not extracted looking. Rather dark fruit on the nose - subtle but penetrating spice and garrigue with floral filligree. In the mouth, pure, clean, subtle and juicy red and black fruit. Good acid for the vintage. Not at all roasted, in fact comes across a bit cool. Tannins are integrated. Very good basic bottling.
Score: 89
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/27/2010
Score: 90
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/23/2009
good but needs time--hold till 2012
More Vintages and Sizes of Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape:

2010 (750ml)

About This Producer


Pierre Usseglio et Fils has been a family-run domaine since Francis Usseglio released his first vintage in 1949. Today, with brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio at the helm, Pierre and Fils has become one of the top producers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The vineyards comprise 17 parcels over 23 hectares on some of the best terroir in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The wine is vinified traditionally using natural yeasts, low doses of sulfur, and is aged mostly in old oak foudres. The results are world class wines that are testament to Chateauneuf-du-Pape as one of the world's most famous terroirs.

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