Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

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

Price: $44.99
Item No. 122217
  • RP93
  • WS92
  • ST90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • WS91
  • RP91

Winemaker's Notes

This Chateauneuf du Pape is a concentrated and supple, balanced wine. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise, it is brimming with dark berry fruit and notes of black pepper and dark chocolate. The wine offers a terrific bouquet and flavors of spices and cherry and berry jam. The sweet tannins and fat mid-palate culminate in a dense and powerful finish.

Critical Acclaim

"The brilliant 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the finest basic cuvees of the vintage. Moreover, it usually sells for a realistic price. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful perfume of camphor, sweet blackberry and black raspberry fruit, lavender, forest floor and acacia flowers. Full-bodied and rich with good acidity, ripe tannin and a long finish, it should drink nicely for 15 or more years. "
93 Points

"This boasts toasted anise and linzer torte aromas, but also lovely drive and focus, as the raspberry, cassis and blackberry fruit is melded perfectly. Lingering apple wood and black tea notes add charm and length on the finish."
92 Points

"Bright purple. Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, cola and spicecake. Pliant and open-knit, with gentle finishing grip and lingering notes of vanilla and lavender. Here's a 2010 that's showing a precocious side."
90 Points

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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