2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Autard "Cuvée La Côte Ronde" (Pre-Arrival)
92-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde appears to handle the oak component better than some of its older siblings. Inky/ruby/purple to the rim with a beautiful perfume of cassis, kirsch, charcoal, and graphite, this wine is powerful, rich, and full-bodied with a subtle hint of toasty oak in the aromatics, and no hard edges. The vintage’s hallmark purity, and gorgeous texture as well as length are present in this excellent 2007. It should hit its stride in 3-4 years, and last for 20-25." (10/08) ETA Fall of 2009.