2006 Pierre Usseglio "Réserve des Deux Frères" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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2006 Pierre Usseglio "Réserve des Deux Frères" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

75cl, France

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A fabulous effort, it may be the single greatest wine of the vintage, although the 2006 Clos des Papes and a few others will certainly challenge it. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by aromas of charcoal, pepper, blueberries, blackberries, camphor, licorice, and incense. The incredibly complex aromatics are matched by a palate of massive intensity, extraordinary purity, and an unctuous texture. This amazing wine unfolds slowly in the glass, but wow, what a ride it takes the taster on! After 5-8 years of bottle age, it should prove to be a modern day monument for Chateauneuf du Pape, evolving for three decades or more.  (10/2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Extremely powerful, compellingly complex bouquet of dark berry liqueur, kirsch, lavender perfume, black olive, pipe tobacco and cured meat. Completely saturates the palate with deep, sweet black and blue fruit flavors along with notes of cola, olive and succulent herbs. Almost too big for the mouth, and yet there's no excess fat, rough edges or heaviness. In fact, this is graceful. Finishes with remarkable clarity, breadth and persistence.  (2/2009)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Not shy with its prominent mocha and coffee aromatics, this is dark and rich, with warm fig sauce, bittersweet cocoa, mesquite and crushed blackberry fruit flavors that pump through the muscular finish, where grip clamps down a bit. More power than guile. Best from 2010 through 2028.  (11/2008)