2015 Domaine Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee La Cote Ronde

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 91-93
James Suckling: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 95--Jeff Leve: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Ripe, with bold cassis, plum cake and melted black licorice notes, pushed by ambitious ganache and warm fruitcake flavors. Shows ample toast through the finish, with the licorice edge taking an encore. An extroverted style, but will certainly have fans. Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2020 through 2035. 300 cases imported.–JM " (WS)

"A blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah that spends 16 months in new oak barrels, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee la Cote Ronde is a dark, leathery, chocolaty and richly tannic wine. It may turn out OK in the long run, but my feeling is that it lacks that bit of vibrance it needs to sustain it over the 10 years it will take to shed its tannin." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and dark berry scents, accompanied by strong woodsmoke and vanilla undertones. Lush and round on the palate, offering sweet cherry-vanilla, blackberry and mocha flavors and a musky touch of licorice. Clings with strong authority on the finish, which features supple tannins and an emphatic echo of sweet oak spices." (VM)

"A big oak play in this darker fruited plum and blackberry style. The palate has a strident thread of oak flavor and a baked fig finish. An ambitious style. Drink now." (JS)

"I also loved the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Côte Ronde, and while this cuvée can show a rustic edge (especially compared the Cuvée Juline), it's pure, silky and polished in 2015. Black raspberries, cassis, olive tapenade and tobacco leaf all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, impeccably balanced beauty that has fine tannin and a great finish. Drink it anytime over the coming 10-15 years. The blend is equal parts Grenache and Syrah." (JD)

"Smoke, with espresso and vanilla notes are what you notice first before you get to the deep, red fruits. The wine is fat, round and forward, with density of fruit and flavor, along with a lot of oak, making this one of the most modern styled wines in Chateauneuf du Pape today. The wine was made from blending 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. 92 points - Tasted Aug 21, 2017" (JL)

Winery Notes:
One of Autard’s top wines, the Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde, comes from a parcel of vines that are between 75 and 90 years old, planted in a stony soil. The grape mix is 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. The Cote Ronde parcel is vinified separately and is aged in 100% new oak barrels. It is an intensely concentrated, lush-textured wine with vivid dark fruit, spice, chocolate and oak flavors. Autard only makes this cuvee in top years. Parker has consistently given the Autard’s Cote Ronde 90+ scores since its inception.