Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2001

$165

The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres elicits "wows". Aged 60% in neutral wood foudres and 40% in one, two, and three-year old Burgundy barrels, this 2001, which tips the scales at an awesome 16.2% natural alcohol, boasts an inky/purple color along with a sensationally pure bouquet of blackberries, graphite, acacia flowers, licorice, and sweet kirsch liqueur. Unctuously textured and full-bodied, with high tannin as well as a closed personality, this prodigious yet fabulous Chateauneuf du Pape is a potential legend in the making. It requires 3-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades. The texture, purity, and magnificent concentration suggest tiny yields, old vines, and non-interventionalistic winemaking. By the way, this wine represents a selection of the finest lots in the cellar as the sources are the same as for the Cuvee de Mon Aieul, although a large component of Deux Freres is from the Usseglio holdings in the sector of Chateauneuf du Pape called La Crau. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2022+. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Chris Walsh Delectable Pro

Partner Balanced Wine Selections

2001

2001

8.0

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

A blast of powerful blackberry, intense feral leather. Blowsy and ripe. Ripe and there. Missing a bit of the wild for me.

A blast of powerful blackberry, intense feral leather. Blowsy and ripe. Ripe and there. Missing a bit of the wild for me.

9.0

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