2015 Domaine Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Juline

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 92-94
Jeb Dunnuck: 95--Jeff Leve: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"A ripe, velvety style, with lush layers of fig, boysenberry and blueberry reduction that are dense yet caressing in feel. Lovely anise and violet notes chime in through the finish, which is carried by a well-buried bolt of iron. Serious juice. Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2020 through 2035. 50 cases imported.–JM " (WS)

"The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Juline is vinified and aged in new oak, giving the wine a gloss of vanilla, baking spices and wood tannins. It's full-bodied and lush and slightly warm on the finish, where some cherries peek through." (WA)

"Youthful violet. Heady, smoke-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, candied flowers, vanilla and minerals, plus an Indian spice topnote. Lush, expansive and sweet in the mouth, offering palate-staining blackberry, cherry-vanilla and mocha flavors enlivened by a jolt of juicy acidity. At once rich and energetic, finishing with outstanding persistence and smooth tannins that fold smoothly into the lush fruit." (VM)

"The special cuvée that's brought up all in new barrels is the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Juline and it’s equal parts Grenache and Syrah. Crème de cassis, black raspberries, toasted bread and licorice notes all emerge from this incredibly elegant, silky, seamless beauty that's impeccably balanced, has full-bodied richness and a great finish. There's certainly a modern style here, but it has fabulous purity of fruit and is a gorgeous wine any way you look at it." (JD)

"Juline, takes it name from the names of Jules Autard and Pauline Autard, the children of the Autard family. The wine is one of the most modern styled Chateauneuf releases today. Fat, round and with a lot of oak in the nose, the oaky profile coexists with the fleshy, black raspberry and cherry tones, providing lush textures and a hedonistic approach. But there is a lot of wood going on here. The wine is made from blending of 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache that is aged in 100% new, French oak for 19 months before bottling. Much of the oak is already taken up by the Syrah, but there is still a woody profile that is going to be an issue for many tasters. I'd let this rest for at least 5-7 years for the oak to better integrate. 92 points - Tasted Aug 21, 2017" (JL)