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Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils

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2017 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

The black raspberries and garrigue in the nose start the show. But it is on the full, lush, deep, spicy, opulent palate that you find the wines true, black raspberry, pepper, jam, licorice and herb filled character. There is length, freshness and complexity found here. This should age quite well. The wine is made with 100% old vine Grenache.

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2017 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

Medium bodied, soft, spicy and fresh, with a nice peppery slant, the wine is forward, elegant and ends with a pure note of ripe, juicy kirsch. The wine was made blending 55% Grenache with 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.

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2017 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Blanc  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Flowers, honeysuckle, citrus, stone and lemon peel are all over the place. On the palate, the wine is juicy, fresh and leaves with you tropical, citrus notes.

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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Loads of herbs, pepper, underbrush, flowers and kirsch here. Silky, fresh, long and loaded with juicy kirsch, there is body and sweet fruits. You can drink this now, or give it a few years for more secondary notes to appear. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

Produced from 100% old vine Grenache that is planted in 3 different terroirs. Every in this wine really works for the blend this year. Full bodied, deep, lush and opulent in character, the wine has concentration, length and freshness. The deep red berries offers sweetness and purity with gorgeous textures. This should age quite well.

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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 100

Deep ruby in color the wine pops with black pepper, garrigue, plums, black cherry and kirsch. The wine is intense, concentrated and lush. The wine is no shy sister, coating your mouth and palate with layers of painted on dark, sweet spicy, fresh dark red fruits. The finish really stick with you with its sensuous textures for close to 60 seconds! This is just mind-blowing juice! The wine is made using 100% old vine Grenache.

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2016 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Not For You  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

From 100% Old Vine Grenache, this is pure, bottled intensity. Extremely sweet and a bit jammy on in the nose, the packs 2 bottles of wine into 1. Thick, dense, full bodied and multi layered, the wine coats your mouth, teeth gums and palate. There is a purity of fruit that is impossible not to get. But there is also a massive wall of fruit that might not be for everyone, but I have to say, I was blown away! The wine reached a whopping 17.2% alcohol. There is a touch of heat, but there is so much fruit, you might not notice it. This unique expression of Chateauneuf du Pape is not for everyone. It is in the same style as the special cuvee from Henri Bonneau.

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2015 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Soft, polished and silky with sweet, red fruits, thyme and spice that is already showing nicely. Forward in style, this is already quite fun to drink and should be delicious on release. The wine was made blending 80% Grenache with 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre.

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2015 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

Produced from 100% old vine Grenache, the perfumes kicks off with wild strawberry, pepper, garrigue and cherry notes to start off the party. Full bodied, deep and fresh, with ripe, elegant tannins and freshness, there is length in the lusty finish, which is a good thing as it allows you more time to enjoy all the peppery, red berry character.

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2014 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 89

Elegant, spicy charmer, with a forward personality that shows off its black raspberry, kirsch, and white pepper core quite nicely. Forward in style, this is already quite fun to drink.

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2014 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

One of the top wines in this mixed vintage, the wine shows good color, layers of sweet, lushly textured, dark, cherries and a spicy, fresh, peppery finish that sticks around on your palate.

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2013 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

Soft, peppery and smooth, with a charming, kirsch and spicy character that carries through. The wine was made from a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Cinsault.

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2012 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Using 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault produced a wine with an array of flowers, licorice, red berry and spicy scents. The wine delivers a wave of fresh cherries and fennel in the finish.

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2012 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Sweet, peppery goodness, ripe, juicy plum, kirsch and licorice notes stay with you. This 100% old vine Grenache wine is just going to get better and possibly even better from here.

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2011 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Black cherry liqueur, garrigue and fresh kirsch are on display in this , plush, open wine that is already drinking with pleasure.

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2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

You can see the level of concentration of fruit in the deep color, and sense it on the palate with the decadent levels of sublime pure, ripe, fresh berries, silky tannins and in the long, rich finish. Usseglio has been on fire since 1998! This is a beautiful style and expression of Grenache with a track record for aging.

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From 100% Grenache, made from insanely low yields of 16 hecoliters per hectare, the wine reached 16.5% alcohol. Yet there is no touch of heat in the concentrated, deep, lush, ripe, licorice, black cherry liqueur and floral wine. I love this stylish wine. Mon Aieul is one of the most consistent producers of Chateauneuf du Pape.

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2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 92

Ripe, fat, juicy fruits, great concentration of flavor with a fresh, peppery, jammy black raspberries, licorice, earth, kirsch and spice. This lush wine remains one of the top values in Chateauneuf du Pape.

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Jammy black raspberry, licorice, cherry griotte and herbs, this rich, concentrated, fleshy wine is filled with layers of sweet, ripe, fresh, dark, jammy berries. This is another top value Chateauneuf du Pape wine from the 2010 vintage.

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2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Fresh, forward and fun to drink, this easy to like open wine lacks the weight and density of recent vintages like 2007 and 2010. But there is a good quality to the fresh, spicy, black raspberry and peppery character of the soft textured wine.

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2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

Truly, a super wine, in a great style says it all. The wine is silky, lush, sensuous and concentrated, with richness and purity of fruit that stands out. The ripe and very ripe black cherries, raspberry and kirsch are made all the better with licorice, herb and earthy notes. This is only going to get better with age.

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2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

Incredibly concentrated, powerful and yet, perfectly balanced. The textures are plush, the wine offers sweetness, peppery spice and purity in its, fleshy, dark red fruits. Drink it now. Drink it in a decade. It is quite a treat.

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Great wine drinking in the sweet spot. Concentrated, lush, fresh and packed with sweet, ripe, spicy, juicy, peppery kirsch and black raspberries with a silky finish.

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From 100% old vine Grenache, this explosive Chateauneuf du Pape offers a perfume packed with jammy, black cherry liqueur, fennel, plum, garrigue and kirsch. Intense, powerful and layered with a melange of perfectly ripe, juicy berries, this concentrated wine coats your mouth with flavor, plush textures and purity of black and red fruits. The finish seems to last at least 50 seconds. I've enjoyed every vintage off Usseglio mon Aieul, but this is the best yet. As good as this amazing Chateauneuf du Pape is now, in a few years, it's really going to take off!

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2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 99

I'm not sure Chateauneuf du Pape gets much better than this. In a year or two, this should hit triple digits. It's incredibly concentrated, the wine coats your mouth palate, teeth and gums with waves of perfectly, polished, ripe, sweet berries. Everything is in balance. The fruit offered a beautiful sense of purity and the finish is seamless.

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This is compelling from the first swirl, sniff and sip. Layers of silky, smooth, perfectly ripe, rich, spicy red berries coat your mouth. Big, powerful, and concentrated with all the right stuff, this delicious Chateauneuf du Pape and in balance and harmony.

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Ridiculously expensive, especially when compared to the much more reasonably priced Mon Aieul bottling, there is no reason to knock what’s in the bottle. The compelling aromatics offer licorice, black raspberry jam, kirsch liqueur, earth, herb and cracked black pepper. Juicy, big, fat and packed with black cherry, kirsch and strawberry jam, the wine coats your palate with flavor.

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2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

A very nice wine that is drinking at peak. Popped and poured, it's ripe, OK, very ripe, soft and aromatic, but it is not an ager. I'm going to drink my bottles over the next 2-3 years. This is going to fade quickly.

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2006 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

This fabulous Chateauneuf du Pape was popped and poured. It only needed 20 minutes to wake up and offer an array of spicy cherries, earth, garrigue, pepper and black raspberry notes. Full bodied and richly textured, this delicious, balanced wine could use a few more years before it starts to open and drink well.

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This kicks off with a blast of fresh garrigue, herbs, olives and fruit. Good depth and body. The long cherry, strawberry finish ends withan elegant licorice note. Produced from 90 year old Grenache

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2005 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

This Chateauneuf du Pape offers a mouthful of ripe, sweet, jammy black berries, complicated by hints of fennel, cherry, herbs and dark chocolate. Full bodied and powerful. The finish includes a light kiss of oak. This demands a few years before it all comes together

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2004 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 91

Ready to go, with its complex garrigue, earth, black pepper, thyme and cherry filled nose. Medium/full bodied, soft textures and a juicy, sweet, spicy, kirsch filled finish rounds things out here.

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2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

My last bottle from the case, and as it so often happens, this was showing really strong. Fully mature, with an exotic, concentrated, kirsch filled blast of fruit, the jam, garrigue, spice and underbrush side also came out nicely. This is not a wine I'd hold for further aging, but it has been a fun ride since release.

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The wine looked older than its true age. The fragrance, flavors, textures, are of a mature wine. Silky, lush, exotic and fully mature, while I really liked the wine, I am happy to have only few bottles remaining, as this needs to drunk up over the next few years.

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Garrigue, spice box, licorice, kirsch notes, with sweet ripe, pure, polished, dark red berries, Long, and intense, there is no touch of heat or jammy sensations in the finish.

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With a perfume that explodes in your face the moment the wine hits the glass, powerful aromas of fresh, pure, ripe cherries, kirsch, minerality, herbs, pepper, licorice, black raspberry, earth, spice, pepper and garrigue scream for your attention. The wine offers intense depth of flavor, concentration, balance, length and purity of fruit. The long, clean, spicy, cherry packed finish feels luxurious on your palate. Popped and poured, 2003 Usseglio Deux Freres does not need decanting. There is no hurry to drink it, but if you have some, it's a great time to be tasting it. Even though the label reads 15% alcohol, there is no sensation of heat.

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2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

Porty in style, with loads of licorice, jam, barnyard, kirsch, and earthy aromatics. The low acid wine finishes with ripe and over ripe fruits. This is fully mature. Based on its development, if you own any, I think you should drink it sooner than later.

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What a delicious treat! Opulent textures, meet ripe,fresh, spicy, strawberry, raspberry, pepper, garrigue and kirsch. There is no sensation of heat and the fruit is fresh. This is not a jammy style of wine. Lush and open, this is a Chateauneuf du Pape of pleasure that wants to be enjoyed over the next 5-8 years.

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2001 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

Mature, full-bodied and intense. The initial sip was a bit hot, but that quickly faded. The wine offers a wealth of ripe, dense, dark, red, spicy fruits, herbs and some chocolate that tastes, smells and feels great. The old vine intensity really comes through. Not decanted, the wine is a pop and pour. I doubt it will improve and while there is no real hurry to drink this, I will opt for finishing my bottles over the next 3-4 years.

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Really showing well, there is so much garrigue, you feel like you're in Provence. Add the barnyard, kirsch, pepper, mint and wild, red fruits with the rich, plush textures and you get the idea. This is truly in the sweet spot.

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Fresh, bright, spicy, peppery, black raspberries, garrigue, kirsch and wild strawberry pop with no effort. Soft, elegant and showing its stuff, this is drinking well today. There is no sensation of heat, even though the wine reached 16.2. However, at this point, I prefer how the Mon Aieul is showing.

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At 16.2% alcohol, there is not a touch of heat. You're too busy enjoying the rich, peppery, sweet, black raspberry, garrigue, strawberry jam, spice and earth. Rich and mouth filling, this is drinking perfectly today. I'd guess it's good for at least 10-12 more years.

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Intense, full bodied, concentrated, rich and packed with kirsch, ripe strawberry and black raspberry, pepper, spice, black cherry and fennel, the wine is open and offering a sensuous, Chateauneuf du Pape tasting experience.

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2001 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

Earthy, lusty, fleshy and packed with sweet, ripe, peppery fruits, kirsch and garrigue, the wine is dense, long, rich and intense. This is drinking great today. It might improve, but there is no reason to wait, as it's really at peak today.

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This is just cranking on all 12 cylinders now! The wine is dense, intense, full bodied and deep, with layers of fresh, perfectly ripe cherries, black raspberries, jam and licorice. The finish goes on and on. I am happy to have a few bottles in the cellar.

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Floral, black raspberry, licorice pepper, kirsch and black cherry liqueur aromas, sensuous, full bodied, rich textures and plush, long, spicy, plummy finish are found in this wine. Popped and poured, the wine fleshed out in the glass with 15 minutes of air. This is drinking superbly today. Why wait when there is so much pleasure to be found in this delicious Chateauneuf du Pape?

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The perfect combination of rustic, lushness. Licorice, kirsch, garrigue, earth and spicy strawberry. Rich, plush, powerful and delivering about as much pleasure as one can get from bottle of 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape.

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Inky color. Herbs, jammy berries, pepper and blackberry liqueur aromas take over your senses. This is very serious juice. Huge, dense, concentrated. This is no shy wallflower of a wine. Wild and untamed with a long fresh, ripe, fruit filled finish.

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2000 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

What a super wine. That is, if you like a nose packed with kirsch, black cherry, incense, thyme, garrigue, smoke and a tinge of vanilla. The rich, fat textures, pure fruit and sweet, kirsch in the finish really make this sing. At 15 years of age, this is still going strong. But there really is no reason to wait for further development.

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Silky smooth, soft and polished, the sweet red fruits, licorice, black cherry jam and herbs make a great impression on your palate from start to finish.

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Black pepper, jammy strawberries, Provencal herbs, plums, earth and black raspberry aromas are easy to spot as soon as this delicious Chateauneuf du Pape leaves the bottle and enters your glass. This voluptuous wine has entered full maturity, The baby fat has been replaced with soft, silky textures and a long, sweet, spice filled, red and black fruit filled finish. There is probably not much to be gained by further aging. I'm going to finish my remaining bottles over the next 2-4 years.

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Notes of pepper, red and black fruit, coffee, cola, herbs and more pepper. The finish lasts at least 40 seconds. Wow! The wine takes over your entire palate. And as good it is, it’s only going to get better.

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2000 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Réserve des Deux Frères  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

Licorice, jammy black raspberries, pepper, earth, kirsch, Provencal herbs, rocks, strawberry and black cherry scents awaken your senses, Full bodied and filled with fresh, strawberry and cherries, this intense Chateauneuf du Pape is drinking at the perfect place. To catch its beautiful layered, fresh fruit and spice, drink this over the next 3-5 years.

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1999 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée du Cinquantenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 88

The fruit is clearly starting to fade as the sensations of tartness are starting to show through. Better on the expressive nose than the palate, due to a slight dry sensation, this needs to be consumed sooner than later.

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Fully mature, with a peppery, kirsch, earth, strawberry jam, herb and spice box nose. this medium bodied Chateauneuf du Pape offers a lot of charm and character. But it's at peak, or slightly past, (I do not see this wine often,) and should be consumed sooner than later. This bottling was replaced by the Usseglio Mon Aieul the following year.

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1998 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Cuvée de mon Aïeul  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

A beauty at its peak of maturity, shouting out its spicy, kinky, kirsch and earthy personality for all to see. Soft and silky, medium bodied, fresh and sweet, this is drinking perfectly with no decanting.

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Fully mature, this blend of spicy, black raspberries, cherry, licorice, pepper and earth gets even better, with its lush, fleshy, opulent palate presence. There is no reason to age this any longer.

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Loads of fresh, ripe, jammy black raspberries, fresh cracked pepper, earth and kirsch. the wine is full bodied, deep, concentrated, long and drinking in the sweet spot.

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Peppery red and black fruits, earth, spice and kirsch make up the perfume. The wine is round and soft on the palate, finishing with cherries and pepper. I bought a case of this Chateauneuf du Pape on release and it's not the explosive wine it was. It's lost some of its power and freshness. This was a better wine a few years ago. I'm going to finish my remaining bottles over the next 2-3 years. This vintage of Mon Aieul needs to be drunk up sooner than later.

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I'm hoping this showing was for this specific bottle, as this did not feature the same body or length as other bottles have shown in past. Ruby in color, with pepper, black raspberry, herb, fennel and black cherry aromas making up the perfume. Medium bodied with a spicy plum and jammy berry finish. All my bottles are from the original case. I'm going to pop another in the next few weeks to see if this bottle was correct or not.

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