2009 Domaine Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Juline

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 89
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"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." (WS)

"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.

The 2010s all reveal deeper colors, higher acids, and more focus and precision." (WA)

"($95; 100% new 225-litre barriques Bright purple. Intense, oak-spiced aromas of raspberry, cherry-vanilla and rose, with complicating notes of pipe tobacco and licorice. This very exotic wine offers sweet red and dark berry compote flavors mingled with vanilla and candied flowers. Shows no rough edges and finishes with serious cling. The oak is less strident now than it was before bottling but it's still very much present. I caught the 2009 Autards in a very awkward, reduced phase this November and will wait until they're in bottle to review them." (IWC)