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Autard La Cote Ronde Drinking To Perfection


Paul Autard makes some of the most richest, opulent, massively concentrated Chateauneuf du Pape out there. His special Cuvee La Cote Rond showcases this absolutely spectacularly. This wine is a huge customer favorite. I have secured a great price on the 2006 Paul Autard Chateauneuf du Pape getting it down to $48.99, best price online (BPO). The wine got monster 96pts by Tanzer which is unheard of and very rare by Tanzer on any wine. Jean Paul Autard on great Chateauneuf du Pape, “: “Intense and potent on the one hand; elegant and refined on the other. Somehow it has to deliver these complementary qualities, which together explain why the pleasure deepens as it lingers on the palate.” This wine is everything of that.

The story of the Autard family is the story of all great French appellations, in that it is the story of the evolution of expertise – the sum of first-hand experiences, observations, experiments, inventions, and discoveries, in this case specific to Châteauneuf-du-Pape – as it is passed down from generation to generation.

The Autard family effort’s began in Courthézon, with an old farm-turned-vineyard; then in 2005, the enterprise took a giant step forward, with the construction of a new cave that permits vast improvements at every stage in the winemaking cycle. In any undertaking that spans generations, (and in the case of winemaking), a multiple matter of climate, land, vines, tools, and techniques are what create the cornerstone.

Jean-Paul, as the heir of this expertise, brings to it his own ideas and intuitions, in order to enhance as well as perpetuate the Autard domaine’s well-deserved prestige.

He has managed the family domaine since the age of seventeen. And when it comes to cultivation, vinification, and related factors (ripeness as measured in phenols, total Ă©grappage [de-stemmed grapes] at the time of harvest, aging in barrels), he aims for balance among all the crucial elements: not just materials but timing, as well.

“The definition of a great Châteauneuf-du-Pape?” Jean-Paul Autard anticipates the question, and offers two paired elements in answer: “Intense and potent on the one hand; elegant and refined on the other. Somehow it has to deliver these complementary qualities, which together explain why the pleasure deepens as it lingers on the palate.”

Proud to perpetuate the Autard family’s winemaker lineage, Jean-Paul undertakes his rôle unhobbled by preconceptions , and spurred on by his own inborn enthusiasm and curiosity, as well as his savoir faire.

For Jean-Paul Autard, making wine means giving all the qualities rooted in his vineyards the chance to prove their promise, thanks to the application of all his acquired know-how, and that one indefinable ingredient: the passage of time.

A production of 50% (old vines) Grenache & 50% Syrah aged in new oak barrels.

Tasting reviews:

"Very expressive, with gorgeous aromatics and flavors, this has a racy, fruit-packed core of raspberry ganache, fig and boysenberry buttressed by dark cocoa, espresso, roasted chestnut and graphite notes. Long and intense through the finish, with fruit and minerality intertwined for the long haul. Best from 2010 through 2023. 1,250 cases made.” – 94 pts. James Molesworth / Wine Spectator (12/2008).

“Remarkably expressive bouquet of musky plum, cherry, lavender, rose oil and cured tobacco. Dense and chewy, with deeply concentrated cherry and dark berry flavors; exotic spice notes build with air. Finishes impressively deep and rich, with firm tannins supporting the intense cherry/berry fruit. Serious stuff, and built for the long haul. – 96 pts. Stephen Tanzer / International Wine Cellar (Jan-Feb 2009).