The 2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Deux Frères is a cellar selection of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah that’s aged half in 300-liter new oak barrels, 20% in 1-year-old barrels, and the rest in concrete tank. Possessing a full-bodied, powerful feel, the wine shows only hints of its oak elevage with touches of vanilla and graphite that are balanced beautifully by decadent black fruits, tar, licorice, roasted meat, and herb aromas and flavors. While there’s solid structure and loads of ripe tannin, it stays fresh, impeccably balanced, and has serious length on the classically styled finish. This should be at its best 5-7 years after the vintage, and have 15+ years of longevity.
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