2014 Domaine Pierre Usseglio "Mon Aïeul" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1259916 93-95 points 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)  (10/2015)

92-94 points Vinous

 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)  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (11/2015)

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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