Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018

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It is a balanced, elegant, deeply colored and vividly flavored Ch teauneuf-du-Pape, due to the old vines’ naturally low yields. It brims with fresh and pure dark berry fruit and notes of black pepper and chocolate. The base cuv e from this terrific producer, the 2018 Ch teauneuf Du Pape has a relatively modern style in its black raspberry and cassis-driven fruits as well as subtle hints of background oak, vanilla, scorched earth, and white flowers. Beautiful on the palate as well, with medium to full-bodied richness and a seamless, elegant texture, it’s very much in the style of this charming, front end-loaded vintage, and while it’s already hard to resist, I suspect it’s going to drink nicely for 10-12 years. This cuvee is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourv dre, aged 14 months in barrels, 50% being new. Vivid ruby. Cherry, black raspberry, vanilla and a hint of smokiness on the fragrant nose. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering oak-tinged cherry and dark berry flavors that become more lively as the wine opens up. Finishes long and smooth, with rounded tannins and repeating smokiness. The 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape has the same proportions as the C tes du Rh ne, being 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourv dre, but it is aged in barriques. Notes of cedar and wood spice do creep in on the nose, adding a bit of complexity to the black cherry fruit. There’s a hint of leather on the palate, which is medium to full-bodied, but nicely ripe and supple without going over the top. Overall, it’s contained and composed, with more fruit coming out with air and on the silky finish. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.

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