2005 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres, Chateauneuf-du-Pape (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Grape Varietal: Grenache
Review Score: 98WA, 97WS, 96V
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

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Lastly, the 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres is a more blockbuster-styled effort that has overflowing notes of black fruits, licorice, roasted meats, truffle and peppery herbs. Made from 100% Grenache that saw time in 1-, 2-, and 3-year-old small barrels and demi-muid, it’s full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and ripe, with big underlying structure. Just now at the early stages of maturity, it too will have 20-25 years of overall longevity.

98 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 217 - Feb 2015)

Formidably dense and structured, with lots of fig paste and currant confiture, layered with espresso, bittersweet cocoa, bramble and hoisin sauce notes. The long, tarry finish really pounds it out authoritatively, with fruit and minerality to burn. Has the power of the previous vintages, but with far better definition. Best from 2009 through 2030. 500 cases made.

97 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2007)

Inky ruby. Smoky raspberry and creme de cassis aromas, with a surreal array of spice, floral and mineral qualities building in the glass. Palate-saturating red berry preserve flavors show a liqueur-like sweetness and viscosity but also remarkable mineral lift, finishing broad, sappy and with amazing persistence. One of my favorite wines of the vintage. "This is a selection; it's not from a particular plot," Thierry Usseglio told me.

96 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2008)