Usseglio

This estate produced very good wines, but it was the ascension of the two sons of Pierre Usseglio, Thierry and Jean-Pierre, in the late 1990s that pushed the quality to world-class level with the acquisition of 20 acres of old-vine vineyards and the introduction of the two luxury cuvees, the Cuvee de Mon Aieul in 1998 and the Reserve des Deux Freres in 2000.  In many ways, this estate symbolizes the dramatic surge in quality that Chateauneuf du Pape has witnessed over the last decade.  ROBERT PARKER, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates

One of my favorite stops on my trips to the southern Rhone is at Domaine Pierre Usseglio where brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio have accomplished special things……

One of the finest 2008 Chateauneuf du Papes money can buy is Pierre Usseglio’s offering (the only 2008 they made). Composed of 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, it possesses a dark ruby/purple color, surprisingly intense fruit, lots of garrigue, pepper and spice box, a medium to full-bodied texture and a heady finish. Performing better out of bottle than it did last year in the cellars, it should be consumed during its first 5-6 years of life. ROBERT PARKER

Bright ruby. Spicy aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, licorice, dried rose and smoke. Juicy and fine-grained, with nervy acidity supporting the flavors of red plum, cassis, spice cake and dried rose. Expands on the back end, finishing with silky tannins and a lingering floral note. JOSH RAYNOLD, Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar