2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Autard "Cuvée Juline" (Pre-Arrival)
95-97 points Robert Parker: "A blend of barrel-aged Grenache and Syrah, the 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Juline is fabulous. My first note was “wow!,” and that was after tasting some truly great 2007s. Inky/ruby/purple-tinged with a rich, sumptuous bouquet of blackberries, kirsch, incense, licorice, and subtle smoke, this is a powerful, multilayered Châteauneuf boasting admirable purity, stunning intensity, and a finish that lasts over a minute. A remarkable cuvee, it should be one of the monumental wines of the vintage after sufficient time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025+." (10/08) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Shows lots of exotic braised fig, black tea, roasted mesquite, incense and bittersweet cocoa notes, with a core of black cherry and raspberry fruit in reserve. The long, flashy finish lets pastis and Black Forest cake notes emerge. This has some toast to absorb, but it’s all there. Best from 2010 through 2025."-WS Insider May 20, 2009. ETA Fall of 2009.