Paul Autard Juline Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009
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+.
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The Autard family effort began in Courthézon, with an old farm-turned-vineyard; then in 2005 the enterprise took a... View More