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2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul

Grenache

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 166

  • D'Yquembe Mutumbo wrote: 94 points

    December 24, 2021 - A lovely wine every time out, this bottle was very evolved, as a lot of the primary dark fruit had moved to the background and the lovely earth, leather, tobacco, kirsch, and bramble were really starting to shine. Still faint port notes to this that keep this from being a 95+ point wine for me, but that’s really a minor quibble. This is a buy if you can get it for <$150

  • cubswinws wrote: flawed

    December 22, 2021 - Corked

  • Cyclist wrote: 95 points

    December 3, 2021 - This had quite the decant before we got to it and I still think this has a ton of life left in it. This was unfortunately overpowered (both on the palate and from my taste preferences) and suffered quite a bit from being served alongside the absolute monster of the VV Mysterons. This had booziness (without concentration), nutmeg, clove, other holiday spices, and plums, so many different types of plums, all encompassed by medicinal herbs on the front and back end. Beautiful in its own right but definitely more SF's taste than mine. A fun change from the New World wines tasted alongside.

  • sfwinelover1 Likes this wine: 97 points

    December 3, 2021 - Just another evening of good wine and cheer (Chilly Noe Valley): My primary contribution to the Noe Valley wine taste off, bought as part of last fall's private party, CdP-heavy purchase. On the nose and palate, booze, booze and more booze, red raspberries, plums, figs, smoked meats, earthy minerality, saline, funk, black tea, Indian and Xmas spices, lavendar, florals, anise, medicine chest, and just about anything else that the cat brought in that day. Dark garnet, full-bodied, medium legs. Robust acidity and tannins which partially integrate but are in balance after air, heat which mostly, but not completely, dissipates with air. Wildly complex, persistent and intense. If you don't drink a lot of CdPs, they'll scare the pants off of you out of the bottle, and this one in particular was boozy, unbalanced and generally all over the place on opening, but thank you, RK and CT friend QL (who's not usually a big decanter) for telling me to keep the faith and keep the air coming, because this started to come around after about 3 hours and continued to improve after another 2 hours in the decanter and corked overnight. Intensely savory, this is a wine of huge elements, at this point not particularly integrated, yet somehow, against all odds, strangely balanced. While I'd never call this wine elegant and its individual elements are powerful, almost too much so, there's so much here, and if you drink slowly and mindfully, it's like a treasure hunt, with new tastes constantly popping up, then fading out. At 14+ years, this feels ridiculously youthful, with a cork that looks like it was put in yesterday (while corks of its contemporaries disintegrate on contact) and the energy of a human, not wine, teenager. In its drinking window but closer to the start than finish, this could incrementally improve, and seems likely to have 10-20 years of quality drinking left, depending on how you value fruit and freshness vs. secondary and tertiary notes. Quite good with our charcuterie, I think this may hit its highest gear with Indian food but could also see it excelling with a variety of lamb dishes, and it more than holds its own as a standalone. It may never get in my mind to WA's 100 or Jeb's 99, but that doesn't make it less than an outstanding, fascinating wine. 96-97+

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  • Rote Kappelle Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 27, 2021 - Under cork, of course and God knows how that crappy closure has impacted the wine. Decanted for about 3 hours. Scored on the Cellar Tracker scale, perhaps unlike a lot of the reviews on this site, where one sometimes wonders what scale they were using.

    Colour is brick red and pretty deep. As this is a Grenache dominant wine (with a dash only of Shiraz), I have to say the colour is deeper than I would expect.

    Nose is intriguing. You could easily think there was Mourvedre in here because I am getting some blueberry notes. A strike against me. There is a distinct note of alcohol and i note it is 15% ABV. Some medicinal and iron filing notes, appealing fragrance of lavender and raspberry. Fresher than the colour would lead me to expect.

    In the mouth the wine is really developing. Do NOT pop and pour and do decant for a minimum of 2-3 hours. At first this had an unappealing sherry character that has now come right off, thankfully. The mouthfeel is the hero here - layers of almost sweet fruit, tannin, mocha and bitter herbs. I am taken to Rayas comparisons. There is tremendous length, drive and intensity here.

    There are things I don't like about Grenache and they are present here - the combination of high alcohol, a certain cloying element and some oddly burly tannins. However, the sum of the whole is far greater than the parts and even a sour old Grenache sceptic like me can't help but admit that this is really a very impressive wine that engages the mind as well as the heart.

    The winemaker at Bekkers put me onto this and I have to say that there are textural elements that I see her wines having in common with this.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
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    January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation Cuvée de mon Aïeul
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • UPC Codes 3760071254036, 9770009568016

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 361 (6%)
  • In Cellars 3,373 (54%)
  • Consumed 2,483 (40%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

as a standalone, charcuterie, INdian food, lamb dishes

Who Likes This Wine

93% Like It  46 votes

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