2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Deux Frères, Domaine Pierre Usseglio

If Mon Aïeul is all about terroir, then Deux Frères is all about the winemaking ability of brothers Thierry and Jean-Pierre Usseglio. The nose, displaying sweet new oak and reminiscent more of Mouton-Rothschild than Châteauneuf du Pape, offers cherry liqueur, cream and spice in abundance. The palate is broad and rich, but is conversely very light of touch, with framboise notes dominating. Fine, fully ripe tannins and lively acidity help to complete this bold and stunningly-proportioned wine.

Critic score
94/100
Pricing
Bottle
21 available
£103.48
Case, 6 Bottles
3 available
£620.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    France
  • Maturity
    Mature 2013 - 2020
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    15%
2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Deux Frères, Domaine Pierre Usseglio

TASTING NOTES

The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres is probably the softest, most forward and evolved wine the Usseglios have made under this designation. Luscious, with loads of fig, black cherry jam, camphor and licorice-infused blackberry notes, the wine is concentrated, rich, and while still primary, capable of lasting 15-20 years. It is certainly the most seductive and early drinking Reserve des Deux Freres produced to date, and finished at 15.5% natural alcohol.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate, Issue #197 (October 2011)
94+/100
Domaine Pierre Usseglio

This well-regarded estate is run by brothers Thierry and Jean-Pierre Usseglio, who divide their time between cellar and vineyard. Having taken over the domaine from their father, Pierre, in 1998, these hardworking brothers have gradually modernised the cellars. They’ve sought to improve quality without compromising the traditional style espoused by their father. Usseglio wines are complex, profound and aromatic wines; they’ve rightly acquired world-wide recognition and acclaim.

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