2016 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres, Chateauneuf-du-Pape (750ml)

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2016 Pierre Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres
# FRUSCP16DE
Country: France
Region: Rhône
Sub-Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Grape Varietal: Grenache
Review Score: 99WA
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

This item is a pre-order estimated to arrive 12/03/18. 19 bottles available.

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I'm not typically a fan of Grenache aged in new, smaller oak vessels, but the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des 2 Freres works. It's 100% Grenache aged in new 300-liter barrels for 14-15 months. Vanilla and baking spices make themselves known, but this full-bodied, plush wine offers waves of Christmas cake-like flavors and unimaginable enveloping softness, balanced by decent acids and a long, supple finish. It's considerably fresher than I remember the 2015 being.

99 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)