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2001 Paul Autard "Cote Ronde" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1004791 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Most of the structure, tannin, and backwardness appears to have found its way into the top cuvee, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde. A deep ruby color is followed by aromas of spicy new oak, herbes de Provence, earth, pepper, and kirsch liqueur. (RP)  (2/2004)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Almost Burgundian in style. Elegant and racy, with some floral, rose petal and plum aromas, a rich and sweet texture, smooth tannins, and good concentration on the balanced finish of this impressive, full-bodied Châteauneuf. (PM)  (8/2003)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Slightly medicinal aromas of bitter cherry, cherry pit, licorice and spicy oak. Concentrated and sweet, with very firm flavors of briary red berries. Firmly tannic and rather backward today, with a slight youthful toughness that will require several years of bottle aging. Much less accessible today than the regular bottling. 90+ (ST)  (1/2004)

K&L Notes

91-94 points Robert Parker: "The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde reveals a trace of new oak in the nose along with aromas of melted licorice, black cherries, currants, pepper, and sweet cassis. Dense, chewy, and well-defined, with a big structure and a thick, saturated purple color, it looks to be potentially the longest-lived and biggest La Cote Ronde since the 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2015."

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape