2007 Paul Autard "La Côte Ronde" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1047181 95 points Jancis Robinson

 A blockbuster Châteauneuf-du-Pape that shows a modern profile, but easily hangs on to its southern Rhône roots and stays remarkably fresh, the 2007 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée La Côte Ronde is loaded with chocolaty black fruits, roasted herbs, licorice, flowers, mineral, and spice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, beautifully proportioned, and showing even more depth and structure than on release, this is thrilling stuff that’s beautiful now due to the texture and quality of tannin, yet has more than enough structure and grip to evolve gracefully for 12-15 years. For those that are adverse to modern styled Châteauneuf-du-Pape or hints of oak, give bottles 4-5 years in the cellar.  (3/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée La Côte Ronde (a blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah from 60-year-old vines, with the Syrah enjoying malolactic fermentation in barrel and aging in new oak) possesses smoky, roasted herb, seaweed wrapper, licorice, cassis, and black cherry characteristics. The oak component is beautifully integrated, and the wine has superb concentration, a full-bodied style, and a true Châteauneuf du Pape personality in spite of the new oak. It should drink well for 15+ years. (RP)  (10/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator

 A stunner, combining the rich currant, fig and boysenberry fruit of the vintage with the region's characteristic charred apple wood, graphite, aged tobacco and black tea notes. The long, invigorating finish is supported by riveting acidity and well-embedded grip. When power and finesse work together, it's a beautiful thing. *Highly Recommended* (JM)  (9/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Pungent scents of cassis, smoked meat, licorice and oak spices, with slow-building floral character. Broad, palate-staining dark fruit flavors are framed by chewy tannins and become sweeter with air. Showing a lot of oak spice right now but shows impressively concentrated black and blue fruit qualities as well. The finish packs a solid punch and leaves sweet boysenberry, vanilla and licorice notes behind. Give this a few years for the oak to recede. (JR) 92+  (2/2010)

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Rhone Blends



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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

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5