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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Paul Autard Cote Ronde Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
Paul Autard Cote Ronde Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
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The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yields were very small – one third less than in 2007 – due to the hot and dry late season. But the grapes were picked in perfect health and exceptional depth of color and tannin structure – significantly more so than for the 2007s. The tannins are magnificently ripe and sweet and are buried in the opulently ripe fruit. The wines have tremendous depth, power, and richness, with aromas and flavors of violets, black-berry, cassis and cherry fruits, espresso, and spices. The wines finish with great length and lingering, mouth-coating flavors. All of these elements (and more) and framed in a very balanced, elegant, supple package, which is the hallmark of the Autard house style.

The Cuvee La Cote Ronde (50% each Grenache and Syrah) highlights the unique terrior of its origins in the stony soils on the plain between Chateauneuf du Pape and Courthezon. It is structured and powerful with intense fruit and great length.

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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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the Autard property in particular -- as it is passed down from generation to generation.

The Autard family effort 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.

The Autard family effort 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 the generations, it is connoisseurship -- in the case of winemaking, a multiple matter of climate, land, vines, tools, and techniques -- that is 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. 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.