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Paul Autard Juline Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
The Juline is a blend of 50% each Grenache and Syrah, with a quality of opulence and richness that derives from the unique way it is vinified in open, horizontal barrels with pigeage by hand. It is a unforgettable wine.
A beauty, with lush, velvety structure wonderfully embedded in the dense, fleshy core of warm plum, fig compote, hoisin sauce and melted licorice snap notes. The finish is inlaid with spice and Lapsang souchong tea notes, with a flicker of anise as well. Not shy about its toast, but wonderfully integrated from start to finish. Best from 2013 through 2015.
Opaque purple. Wild, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry, cassis, apricot and incense, with a strong jolt of Asian spices. Lush, creamy and palate-coating, offering deep dark fruit compote flavors complicated by pit fruits and candied flowers. Almost liqueur-like in its depth and intensity but there's unlikely energy here as well. Lingers impressively on the finish, which is sweet, sappy and very long. I find this distinctly new-wave rendition of Chateauneuf extremely interesting but traditionalists will likely think that I'm out of my mind.
The most controversial wine in this portfolio is the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Juline (named after Autard’s children, Jules and Pauline). Made from the same blend as La Cote Ronde, fermented in new oak and aged in the upright truncated new oak foudres, it is an internationally-styled, “love it or leave it” Chateauneuf du Pape. It possesses an inky purple color as well as copious graphite, blueberry, blackberry and espresso notes with chocolate overtones. It will last for 10-15 years, but if you are looking for an unoaked, naked Chateauneuf du Pape, this may not be to your liking. Rating 91+.
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.
The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...
The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.