2007 Paul Autard "Cuvée Juline" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $90)
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. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Juline is a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah that is fermented and aged in new oak. While very modern in orientation, given the huge concentration and fruit character in this vintage, this philosophy of winemaking and upbringing works far better in 2007 than it did in 2008. However, readers should be prepared for a wine that falls outside the normal parameters of Chateauneuf du Pape. It reveals plenty of vanillin, blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with hints of espresso roast and smoke, deep, concentrated, full-bodied flavors, and lots of upside potential. Cellar it for 2-3 years and consume it over the following 15-20. (RP)
Very dark crimson – almost brooding. Sample is oxidising, but there is clearly a whole lot going on here. Very grown-up and multi-layered. Lots of sweet black cherries, but also some finesse and minerality. Very interesting wine. Very sophisticated. Clean, clear-cut finish that persists quite a while. 18/20 points.