Domaine Pierre Usseglio
Although the first vintage made by the Usseglio family was in 1949, Domaine Pierre Usseglio was established in 1966 and ever since expanded its holdings, especially of old vines vineyards. At present, the domaine covers 22 hectares spread over 15 different “lieux-dits”, with a wide variety of soils. The domaine is owned and run by Thierry & Jean-Pierre Usseglio. Since 2001, all red wines are completely destemmed.
The regular “Châteauneuf du Pape” comes from sandy soil covered by round pebbles. The wine is made of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mouvedre and the balance from other varieties (which can differ from year to year). The winemaking is traditional, and after 20 days of fermentation and maceration the wine is aged in foundres for 18-24 months.
The “Cuvée de Mon Aieul”, mostly from a single vineyard wine from a 2 ha plot planted in 1926 was made for the first time in 1998 and was named after the two present owners and winemakers’ grandfather, Francis Usseglio, who brought his family from Italy to Chateauneuf du Pape in 1931. The average yield is very low 20-25 hl/ha. Production increased from 6,000 bottles in 1998 to a yearly average of 20,000 bottles. The wine is made predominantly from Granache, and is made and aged solely in concrete tanks.
The domaine’s flagship wine, “Reserve des Deux Frères” was first made in 2000, and consists of very old Grenache. The fermentation is done in concrete tanks but the wine is aged for 12-15 months in barrels, 60% of them are new. Annual production is 4-6,000 bottles.
Domaine Pierre Usseglio’s white wine consists of 70% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette and 10% Bourboulenc. The grapes are pressed as soon as they arrive the winery and fermented at 17-18 degrees. The wine is aged 90% in stainless steel and 10% in new barrels.