Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf du Pape 2016
|France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
|Domaine Paul Autard
This is a lavish expression of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, full of fleshy black plum and berry flavors but also prominent skeins of vanilla, smoke and peppery spice. It’s a rich sip, with plush acidity and finely knit tannins. The wine drinks well already but is penetrating enough to improve through 2030. A Russell Herman Selection.
I loved Autard's 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and it has more depth of fruit and texture than most. 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. It's already a joy to drink but is going to keep for 10-12 years. The classic cuvée is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre that’s destemmed and aged in 30% new barrels.
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. Best from 2019 through 2030.
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