Similarly colored, yet both deeper and richer, the 2010 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée La Côte Ronde is serious stuff. A blend of equal parts Grenache and Syrah that spent 16 months in barrel, it boasts knockout aromas of blackberry and black currant styled fruits, lead pencil, garrigue, and chalky minerality on the nose. Fabulously concentrated, rich, and textured, yet also light on the palate, perfectly balanced, and with an overall elegant feel, it too needed a full day to unwind, and will have upwards of 15-20 years or more of prime drinking.
The 2010 Châteanueuf de Pape Cuvée La Côte Ronde reveals a touch of toasty oak in the aromatics, but it is beautifully integrated with kirsch, roasted Provençal herb, espresso and black currant aromas. This full-throttle, masculine and rich wine possesses sweet tannins as well as good integration of structure and acidity. It is built for the long haul, yet can be drunk in 2-3 years or cellared for two decades. (RP)
This isn't shy, with flashy mocha, toasted raisin, cinnamon and pastis aromas rushing forth, but there's sleek, integrated structure and solid layers of linzer torte, plum pâte de fruit and bramble to fill it out. A tarry edge lingers on the finish. (JM)
Opaque purple. Ripe, smoke-accented aromas of blueberry, cassis, violet and vanilla, with a peppery topnote. Lush, deeply pitched dark fruit flavors pick up a bitter chocolate nuance in the glass, along with a hint of licorice. Dusty tannins build with air and add firm grip to a long, spicy finish. This wine possesses strong material but needs some time to stretch out. (JR) 91+
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