2005 Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul 750ml

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2005 Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul
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International Wine Cellar | 94

($93; 100% grenache) Deep red. Musky cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by sassafras, garrigue and anise. Saturates the palate with suave red and dark berry preserve flavors, hints of candied licorice and lavender, and velvety tannins. Seems to gain sweetness on the finish, which is striking for its mix of power and balance. There's nothing hard about this.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 136

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Wine Advocate | 94

The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul is 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah aged 100% in tank prior to being bottled. This wine always comes from the three best parcels of the estate - Les Serres, La Crau, and Guignasse. This hugely concentrated, muscular wine is very powerful, excruciatingly tannic at present, but super-rich. Yields were a low 22 hectoliters per hectare because of the drought, and this blockbuster, muscular, virile style of wine needs at least 5-6 years of bottle age and should keep for two-plus decades. It is certainly a terrific Mon Aieul, but for those who are very patient.

Drink Dates: 2012-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 173

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Wine Spectator | 96

Shows the great, embedded structure of the vintage, with a strong graphite undertow pushing the layers of blackberry, boysenberry and plum fruit, while additional sweet spice, mocha and bittersweet cocoa notes fill in the background. Packed with fruit and terroir, with a gorgeous mouthfeel. 1,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2027
Author: James Molesworth
Issue: Web

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Score: 93
Author: DartAdam
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/11/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2022
Excellent bottle. Rich nose with strong dried fruit and barnyard notes as well as some smoke and salinity. Nice lengthy finish with satisfying grip.
Score: 94
Author: G
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/13/2014
Score: 93
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 09/18/2010
Moderate fruit, raspberry, woody, with pretty tough tannin profile. Lots of backbone and will last for years to come. Tasted better next day.
Score: 93
Author: Nick O
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/13/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul:

2009 (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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