2003 Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1023802 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The best bottle of this I've had (and I've had plenty), Usseglio's 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul is a blockbuster and one of the true stars of this vintage. Almost all Grenache (there's a small part of Syrah and Cinsault) that was harvest between September 1-13, partially destemmed and aged in both tank and foudre, this massive, voluptuous effort is almost overflowing with notes of ground herbs, chocolate dusted meats, black fruits and licorice. Showing none of the negative traits of the vintage, with beautiful purity and freshness, sweet tannin, and a great finish...(JD)  (9/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Really silky for an '03, with gorgeous raspberry ganache and cassis fruit that glides atop grilled herb, mineral and tar flavors. Long, authoritative finish shows lots of grip and fruit. A powerful yet racy wine. This really rocks. Drink now through 2025. (JM)  (11/2005)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, bright, violet-tinged color. Powerful scents of kirsch, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, bacon fat and candied violet. Fabulously rich and concentrated, with densely packed but pure and precise flavors of berries, plum, cherry cola, floral pastille and charred meat. This sees only 5% oak. Finishes ripe and thick, with very persistent roasted berry flavors. (JR)  (1/2006)

Wine Enthusiast

 Using Aïeul, an old word for grandfather, Thierry and Jean-Pierre Usseglio pay homage to grandpa Pierre. They have made a ripe and juicy wine, with red fruits, some touch of wood and a light hint of dry tannins to finish. (RV)  (12/2005)

K&L Notes

93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "It is beautifully crafted and those seeking opulence and hedonism need look no further. There are scents of kirsch, fig, glycerine and a touch of marmalade on the nose that contains fine definition and no excess alcohol. The palate is full-bodied and well balanced, imbued with a palpable “mellowness” after a few years in bottle with touches of treacle on the finish more spherical than rounded. Orgasmatronic." (01/2012)

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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape