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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.
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.
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