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  • Refined and elegant style - purity of southern Rhone Grenache
  • Cuvee de Mon Aieul Chateauneuf-du-Pape is produced from some of the oldest vines of the region creating amazing wines.
  • 2015 is a truly sensational vintage.' Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes

Colour Crimson
Nose Copious kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers.
Palate A seamless, full-bodied profile. Elegant, remarkably fresh and with fine tannin.
Food Pairing Rack of salt marsh lamb with a wild garlic risotto and broad beans
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes Classic CNDP: 100% Grenache, 0% new oak.
Variety Grenache
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 15.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Domaine Pierre Usseglio
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the largest AOC in the Southern Rhone and the oldest AOC in France is an historic village between Orange and Avignon in the southern Rhone Valley. It is renowned for producing gloriously rich red wines, reminiscent of the heat and herbs of the south.

Vineyards are typified by the large round 'galet' stones which assist in reflecting sun onto the untrained bush vines. The climate in CNDP is the driest of all Rhone appellations, a Mediterranean climate in which the dryness is accentuated by the wineries not being permitted (in all but extreme conditions) to irrigate their vines.

The wines have a depth of complexity which comes from blending several of the 14 permitted grape varieties. The varieties are: Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Vaccarese, Counoise, Teret Noir, Muscadin, Picpoul Noir, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Picpoul Gris and Picardin. With red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache is generally the dominant varietal with Syrah and Mourvèdre in support. The white wines in the region are made from Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Picardin and represent barely a tenth of total production.
Jeb Dunnuck
Made from 100% Grenache (from the Grande Serres, la Crau and La Guigasse lieux-dits) and completely destemmed, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee de Mon Aïeul is still aging in a mix of old demi-muids, and it’s a wine Thierry compares to the 2006, which I think is a reasonable comparison.. Offering a big, rich, hedonistic style, with sweet tannin, full-bodied richness and classic ripe Grenache notes of black raspberries, melted licorice and roasted herbs, it’s already incredibly drinkable; I suspect it will remain that way for most of its life.
94-96 points - Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate


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