2001 Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul 1.5L

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WA 97   IWC 93   WS 89   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul (85% Grenache and equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault) tips the scales at a prodigious 15.8% alcohol. Half of the wine is aged in neutral wood foudres and the other half in tank prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. The sources for Mon Aieul are three vineyard parcels with vines averaging between 75 and 87 years of age. The 2001 is much more structured and backward than the 2000, 1999, or 1998. The color is a dense purple, and the bouquet offers sweet but reserved aromas of blackberries, raspberries, crushed rocks, and kirsch liqueur. It possesses superb texture, enormous body, and tremendous purity as well as overall symmetry. The tannin is high, but it is largely concealed by the wealth of fruit and extract. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15-18. This fabulous 2001 will provide fascinating comparisons when tasted alongside the 2000, 1999, and 1998 over the next 10-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 151

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($69) Red-ruby. Raspberry liqueur, game and exotic woodsmoke on the nose. Large-scaled, powerful and dense, with an impressive, solid core of almost medicinal black cherry and dark berry fruit. Very deep, rich, young Chateauneuf with strong but ripe palate-coating tannins and superb persistence. This will reward seven to ten years of cellaring.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 112

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

Some intriguing complexity, almost Bordeaux-like (Right Bank), in this full-bodied blockbuster; shows black olives, dried herbs, cassis bush--offering mineral and pebbles along the way. Big and dark, with a rich and ripe mouthfeel and a clean finish. 830 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2012
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/09/2010

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Rating: 94
Author: ebgreenb
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/07/2012

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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94 bottles owned by 48 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend


"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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