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2015 Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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November 26, 2023 - $27

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RATINGS

92Wine Spectator

Ripe and focused, with a nice well of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors to draw on, while anise, singed mesquite and black tea accents skitter around. Sleek acidity carries the finish.

92Jeb Dunnuck

Cassis, toasted spice, garrigue and hints of vanilla give way to a ripe, sweetly fruited, sexy wine that has sweet tannin and a great finish.

88-90Vinous / IWC

Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of ripe red berries and licorice carry a smoky mineral topnote. Focused, penetrating and firm, showing bright lift to the raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Closes with resonating spiciness, gripping tannins and an echo of candied red fruit.

16Jancis Robinson

Lots of gamey notes on the nose. Lively claret style. Not much obviously to do with Châteauneuf but a well-made red. Very firm tannins on the end! A hint of vanilla is unexpected.

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.