1999 Pierre Usseglio "Cuvée de Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1138797 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Impressive full ruby color. Knockout roasted aromas of raisiny red fruits, meat and truffle. A step up in concentration and sweetness from the regular bottling, with compellingly deep yet delineated flavors of red and black fruits, truffle and smoked meat. Offers almost freakish richness and density for the vintage, and the full gamut of Chateauneuf aromas. Finishes with big but thoroughly ripe tannins that reach the front teeth.  (1/ 2002)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul (10,000 bottles produced) has closed down since bottling. It is a dense purple-colored, concentrated effort made from incredibly low yields of 15-20 hectoliters per hectare from 80-year old vines. A blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, this tannic, backward, blockbuster vin de garde should open in 4-5 years, and last for two decades. It is an extracted, dense, atypically powerful 1999.  (12/ 2001)

Wine Spectator

 Dark-colored wine that's loaded with crisp fruit and mineral character. Full-bodied and vibrant, layered with cherry, blackberry, fresh plum and blood orange notes. Juicy finish. Give it time and it's going to be a pleasure.  (8/ 2001)

K&L Notes

14% abv.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14