2001 Chateauneuf du pape Pierre Usseglio
Color is red garnet with light signs of oxidation. A mature nose, not very intense, initially with strong volatiles, and after breathing, exhibiting aromas of old leather, tobacco and light red fruit: sour cherry and raspberry. Medium to full body, there is some structure left on the palate, but the wine had its peak and now starts to go downhill, which is surprising for a young Chateauneuf du pape that comes from an excellent 2001 vintage. The finish is medium with some sweet red fruit in the aftertaste. This wine really took me by surprise. I was expecting a better performance from this producer, especially for a vintage like 2001. Drink up. (86/100)
On SUN I had another Chateauneuf du pape, even younger coming from the 2006 vintage. 2006 produced some very good wines, certainly more approachable on the short term compared to the 2005.
2006 Chateauneuf du pape Domaine Charvin
This is another story. The color is deep red garnet. A youthful, but developed nose, intense, evolving with aeration, that exhibits beautiful aromas of sweet red fruit jams, cocoa, black pepper, roasted herbs and licorice. Full body in the mouth, with velvety and ripe tannins that coat the mouth in the most gentle way; there is depth on the palate and flavors of stewed red fruit, cocoa and spices. Medium plus to long finish, sweet and peppery. A very approachable wine that sings at the moment, and that will continue to develop nicely in time. (91-92/100)
Great appearance from this producer.