2003 Pierre Usseglio "Reserve des Deux Frères" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1073062 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The limited cuvee 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres, which is aged 40% in tank and 60% in one-, two-, and three-year-old barrels as well as large demi-muids, is essentially the same as Mon Aieul, but additional press wine is added. This beefs the wine up to an even more extraordinarily concentrated character. This is another of the Chateauneuf du Papes of the vintage, a wine of remarkable length and prodigious levels of richness. It is no wimpy wine at 16.5% alcohol, but you would never know that from tasting it. Dense purple to the rim, with a huge nose of scorched earth, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, creme de cassis, roasted meat juices, and a hint of Provencal herbs interwoven with licorice and a touch of balsamic, it is voluptuously textured, with striking body, low acidity, and amazing concentration. This fabulous bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape should drink well for 20+ years. (RP)  (2/2006)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, saturated ruby-red. Incredibly perfumed nose of mineral-laced blackberry, red plum, macerated cherries, candied licorice, espresso and roasted herbs. Structured and powerful but also lush and utterly seamless, showing dense dark berry, truffle and candied floral flavors that stretch endlessly through the finish. Very fine, almost undetectable tannins add subtle structure and grip to the hugely concentrated flavors. (JR)  (1/2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Toast dominates right now, though this has alluring spice, black cherry, mocha and plum sauce flavors followed by a long, vibrant, minerally finish. Beautifully sculpted and has lots in reserve, but seems more like power for power's sake, with the toast really dominant. The Cuvée de mon Aïeul is the smart buy. (JM)  (11/2005)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape