2014 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Up with the crème de la crème of the vintage, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aieul is 100% Grenache, was mostly destemmed, and aged 70% in concrete tank and 30% in one- and two-year-old demi-muids. Full-bodied, rich, nicely concentrated and layered, it’s loaded with Provençal notes of ground herbs, crushed flowers, licorice and black raspberry. It’s a charming, forward example of this cuvee that should have 10-15 years of overall longevity. Both the 2013s and 2014 from the Usseglio brothers are solid, and they have more texture and charm than most in the vintage. (JD)
Deep ruby. Mineral-accented red and dark berries, anise and pungent flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Impressively concentrated, expansive flavors of raspberry and candied flowers are complicated by deeper licorice and dark chocolate qualities that sneak in on the back half. Sweet and precise on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and round, harmonious tannins. (JR)
Tasted blind. Dark crimson. This almost smells like red bordeaux! Very good structure with lots of sweet ripe fruit (not at all bordelais-like) with sufficient freshness and refined tannins on the end. Really rather delicious.