Pierre Usseglio Reserve des Deux Freres 2010 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
98 JD / 97 WS / 96+ RP / 95+ VM
The limited production 2010 Réserve des Deux Frères is a thing of beauty! Possessing more Syrah than normal (30%) and aged in a combination of tank (20%), 1-year-old barrels (60%), and new barrels (20%), it offers up a spectacular array of raspberry liqueur, crème de cassis, graphite, smoke meats, licorice, and toast that leads into a full-bodied, gorgeously balanced wine that has both power and elegance. Beautifully fresh and focused, with clean acidity, a seamless texture, and masses of finely polished tannin, this knockout offering needs 4-5 years of bottle age, and will have 15-20 years or more of total longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck (formerly Wine Advocate)
This is special, with a very deep well of plum, fig, cassis and blackberry fruit seamlessly melded together and a nearly endless finish inlaid with Lapsang souchong tea, melted licorice snap and Turkish coffee notes. Stays very poised despite its immense weight. Hard to resist now, but it's not going anywhere anytime soon. Best from 2013 through 2030. 350 cases made. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
he 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve des Deux Freres is composed of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, and came in at 15.5% alcohol. In most vintages, this is basically the same cuvee as the Mon Aieul but with more press wine and the use of small new oak casks for aging the Syrah component. Approximately 30% stems were used in the fermentation. The 2010 is closed and nearly inaccessible at present. Full-bodied and massive with an inky/purple color, it reveals notes of smoked meats, blackberries, blueberries, flowers and subtle toast in the background. An enormous unctuosity and viscosity give the wine a palate gripping mouthfeel as the tannins are coated with glycerin. This brilliant wine needs at least 5-7 years of cellaring, and should keep for three decades thereafter.
This branch of the Usseglio family left their home in Italy following the Great Depression in 1929 to make a new start producing wine in southern France. This estate has been on “fire” qualitatively since 1998. The cellars of brothers Jean-Pierre and Thierry Usseglio, who own approximately 60 acres of vines, are located adjacent to the ruins of a pope’s palace on the northeastern side of the village. In top vintages, such as 2010, 2009 and 2007, three Chateauneuf du Pape cuvees are produced. These include a traditional cuvee, the old vine, tank- and foudre-aged Mon Aieul and the more modern-styled Reserve des Deux Freres. Lirac is on the acquisition list of many Chateauneuf du Pape proprietors for a number of reasons: (1) they live close by; (2)the terroir is not dissimilar from that of Chateauneuf du Pape; and (3) the land is relatively cheap. The 2010 Chateauneuf du Papes are superb. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Inky ruby. Assertive scents of black and blue fruit liqueur and incense show lovely clarity and take on spicecake and cola qualities with air. Lush, palate-coating blueberry and cassis flavors are braced by juicy acidity and pick up energy in the glass. Rich, vibrant and precise, finishing on a suave floral pastille note, with mounting tannins and superb clarity and length. - Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media