2009 Domaine Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 89
Red Wine
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"Ripe and nicely focused, with a delicious beam of cassis and linzer torte flavors liberally laced with sweet, toasty spice and red lico- rice notes. The finish is sleek. Drink now through 2022." (WS)

"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Counoise aged in old small barrels) exhibits delicious notes of sweet cherries, mulberries, tobacco leaf, licorice and spice box. Lush, round and medium to full-bodied, it is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years.

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

Winery Notes:
The Chateauneuf du Pape is a concentrated and supple, balanced wine. A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Counoise, it is brimming with dark berry fruit and notes of black pepper and dark chocolate. The wine offers a terrific bouquet and flavors of spices and cherry and berry jam. The sweet tannins and fat mid-palate culminate in a dense and powerful finish.