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2003 Pierre Usseglio et Fils - Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres Rhone Blend - France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape - Red

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape

Red Rhone Blend
Producer Notes

Pierre Usseglio et Fils has been a family-run domaine since Francis Usseglio released his first vintage in 1949. Today, with brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio at the helm, Pierre and Fils has become one of the top producers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

The vineyards comprise 17 parcels over 23 hectares on some of the best terroir in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The wine is... More »

WA 98
IWC 94
WS 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2015 WA: 2006-2026 WS: 2007-2020
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750ml $149.95

IWC 94
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 124

($180) 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.

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 163
Drink Dates 2006-2026

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.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2007-2020

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 Cuvee de mon Aieul is the smart buy. 500 cases made.

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Author MJM
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.208%
Tasted On 12/12/2012

home run wine....

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 07/31/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2015

Recent 2003 Chateauneufs have performed poorly (Boisrenard and Chapoutier Barbe Rac for example have developed into bottles of raisin juice) so I've begun to get a little concerned about the vintage. This wine allays any fears I had (course at $159 a bottle on prearrival it should be very fine). I tried a bottle of this soon after release and while the potential was undoubtedly present then the level of intrusive tannin gave me a bit of pause. Now the tannin - while still present - has smoothed out. Lacy quite feminine aromatics of milky raspberry and espresso with traces of chocolate, rare beef, and garrigue. Excellent acidity and length. Distinctly espresso flavored. Label claims the wine is 15% alcohol. Its probably higher but one can't taste any heat at all. The wine is clean and thankfully avoids the residual sugar disease that plagues many big wines made today. Tough to find a better Chateauneuf.

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