Region: Rhône, France
Domaine Pierre Usseglio Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul 2018
Only the 75 to 90-year-old vines enter the final blend, they come from plots in La Crau, Bédines and Serres.
The wines remain in concrete vats to obtain an expressive fruitiness.
“Cuvée de mon Aïeul” is a pure and concentrated wine. The nose is very complex with notes of raspberries, liquorice and spices. It is a powerful wine of great elegance.
“94/100. Deep, glistening ruby-red. A highly complex bouquet evokes red/blue fruit preserves, incense and exotic spices, and floral and smoky mineral nuances emerge as the wine opens up. Stains the palate with finely etched, spice-laced raspberry, boysenberry and candied lavender flavors supported by a core of juicy acidity. Shows impressive depth as well as energy and finishes spicy and extremely long, leaving repeating floral and red fruit notes behind.” (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Oct 2021)