This is a blend of 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache and 9% Petite Sirah. It is a big wine that really needed some time to settle down. Even 6 years from vintage isn't really enough. That said, with a couple hours of air, this was drinking beautifully. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, plums, black cherries, and spice. Perhaps a bit of black pepper. On the palate, this is thick and big. A bit chunky on opening but it smoothed out with air. Lots of black raspberry fruit with some black cherries. An underlying charred earthiness. Good finish. T
2001 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul, France, Rhone, Wine Review
This was given an hour in the decanter after decanting for sediment. Purple/ruby in color. This took a long time to come around. In fact, we gave it another hour and then it finally started to open (2 hours total). The nose is clean with raspberries, garrigue, and black licorice. What a wonderful texture. Silky yet plush and almost seamless. Showing a bit of age, but then with more air it revived even further. Lots of black and red raspberries, black cherries, lavender and spice. Deep and tightly layered. Long finish. The proverbial last glass was the best. This bottle was bough
This is still quite young and patience will be rewarded. That said, if you have a few or like them young, then this is great now too. This bottle was decanted for four hours prior to drinking. Inky purple in color. The nose is black raspberries, charred wood, pepper, spice but also a lovely little lavender. On the palate, this is big. Brooding but still shows black raspberries, blueberries, black pepper and slight charred earth. Medium tannins. A nice streak of acidity. Long finish. This wine begs for food. Cassoulet, steak or roasted vegetables would be great. Probably another
2016 is a stellar year in Chateauneuf du Pape and the southern Rhone Valley. While this wine has years left in it, it was wonderful to drink now. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great. Clean with black cherries, dust, spice and slight lavender notes. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy black cherry fruit. An underlying minerality. Lots of depth. Good finish. It is a big wine at the moment, but will no doubt mellow and gain in complexity as it loses some of that youthful fruit. This easily has a decade and more left to it, but it really is worth drinki
This is in a great place right now. It won't get better although it will continue to mature. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is gorgeous with Black cherries, garrique, violets and tapenade. On the palate, the texture is incredible. Soft yet structured. The wine just glides down the palate. Lots of black raspberry fruit with some black cherries layered with a bit of earth. Great balance. Long finish. This will go great with meat dishes and anything roasted. No hurry, it should be at this level for a decade and even then some.
This is a blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 34% Grenache, and 26% Syrah. It is a big wine that is ripe and delicious. The nose has black raspberries, blue berries, roasted meat and herbs, black pepper and some cherries. On the palate, this is big. Firm tannins. Juicy black raspberry and blueberry fruit with an underlying minerality. It softens a bit in the glass. It is great on its own but a difficult food match at present. It will most certainly evolve and gain integration over the next five to ten years at which time it will be great with cassoulets and roasted foods. No regrets about open
This was a pleasant surprise. Served from Magnum and along side some bigger California wines, this provided a nice contrast and was quite tasty. 2014 was not a particularly good vintage in the southern Rhone, but of course, good producers usually find a way to make good wines. Ruby in color. The nose is nice with cherries, garrique/spice, and slight floral notes. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Nice cherry fruit with some dark cherry and a bit of earthiness. Good acidity. Nice finish. This worked quite well with some home made pizzas and in general is food friendly. It is dr
This was possibly the oldest EdB I have had and it was great. Showing a bit of age but certainly not over the top. Pop and pour, it improved on opening and then held constant for the evening. Purple in color, some bricking at the rim. The nose has cherries, some black cherries and baking spices. On the palate, this has a nice texture. Still lively but balanced acidity. Cherries with a bit of earthiness and the baking spice finishes the palate. I doubt it gets better from here but it certainly seems like it would have at least five more years before a slow decline. This will go grea
One of the longer living CdP's. However, 2004 is an ok, not great vintage at this time. The result? At age 15 this is at peak. It should be here for at least five and likely ten more years. Medium ruby in color. The nose has cherries, slight floral notes, garrique and slight earthy funk. On the palate, this has nice depth. Layers of cherry liqueur unwind in the glass over a funky earthiness. Light dry tannins especially on the finish. This works well with stews and roast. Everything you want in a traditional CdP.
This producer used to be known as Font de Michelle but has re-branded using this name. It is a very traditional CdP with about 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre according to the back label. Purple in color. The nose has black cherry and spice and a bit of a liqueur note. Very nice chewy mouth feel. Black cherries, a bit floral and cherries along with some alcohol on the palate. Long finish. This should pair well with stews, charcuterie and roasts. Both 2015 and 2016 are great vintages in CdP. This one easily has a decade or more left to enjoy.