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Paul Autard Juline Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
  • WS94
  • ST93
  • RP91
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Winemaker 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 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.

Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator

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.

ST 93
International Wine Cellar

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.

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

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+.

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Paul Autard, , France - Rhone
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.

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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.

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