Saturday, February 2, 2008

Review and Rating: ***+ $$$$ Paul Autard Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde, 2005, France

The Paul Autard Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde is a mid red in the glass. Aromas, moderately strong, speak of plums and dusty violet.

On the palate, this comes across as young in its sandy tannins. They wrap a plummy, deep blackberry core. Full of stuffing. Plenty of time to sit and mature. Three stars now, with a plus because I'm counting on bigger things from it for the future.

Robert Parker was clearly a fan of this vintage, too, giving it 94 points and writing, "The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde is undeniably the best wine Autard has made since the 1998 rendition of this cuvee. This got a big “Wow!” when I smelled it. A stunning nose of black truffles, melted licorice, blackberries, and sweet cherries is followed by a multi-dimensional, multi-layered, full-bodied wine with tremendous power, richness, and a hint of barrique. One could say this is modern, but the Provencal personality jumps from the glass of this meaty, dense wine. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15+ years."

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