Paul Autard Cote Ronde Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

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Item No. 99863
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • WS95
  • RP95
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2006
  • WS94
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Winemaker's Notes

This exceptional vintage derives exclusively from the Côte Ronde, a parcel of ninety-year-old stock rooted in galets roulés and chunks of fossilized limestone.

50% Grenache-50% Syrah

Critical Acclaim

"A stunner, combining the rich currant, fig and boysenberry fruit of the vintage with the region's characteristic charred applewood, 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. Drink now through 2025. 400 cases imported."
95 Points

"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee La Cote 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 Chateauneuf du Pape personality in spite of the new oak. It should drink well for 15+ years. "
95 Points

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Very drinkable and thank goodness it was only $50. 95 points from two different sources makes me wonder who was drinking the Kool-Aid... I doubt in a blind tasting this would have scored that well. I'm always interested in the process and politics in scoring wines and which wineries are favored over others, or whether because of the region or the age of the vines those judging are all agog with misplaced nuance and enthusiasm. Did it have riveting acidity? Not that much. A long finish? yes, but compared to say a wine with 92 points? Having just spent two weeks in Bordeaux, I think there are certainly plenty of wines the same caliber without the 95 point rating.
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Learn About Paul Autard

The story of the Autard family is the story of all great 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 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the Autard property in particular -- as it is passed down from generation to generation. The Autard family...

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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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