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Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007 and lamb shanks

Another of those pre-release samples I received awhile back; this Chateauneuf-du-Pape, while entirly too young was a delicious joy partnered with roasted Lamb Shanks.


Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2007, Rhone, France
Stockist: Bibendum (link to 2006 vintage) Price: £26 approx [More on Adegga / Snooth]
The colour of Valerian’s blood-soaked Imperial cloak; the aroma of dusty, sun-lashed dark red fruits, subdued, reticent but harbouring hints of greater complexity that will come with age. Tannins as rough as a barbarians beard but the richness and strength of flavour smoothers them initially into a palate as smooth as Celopatras bossom.

Scribblings Rating – 94/100 [4.25 out of 5]

The 2006 vintage is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre; going further to demonstrate my favourite red blends begin with Grenache…

“Jean-Paul Autard is a classic artisan French vigneron and one who is blessed with the talent to make exceptional wines. Everything Jean-Paul does shows a respect for tradition, terroir and, above all, quality. His 30ha are split half and half between Chateauneuf and some very superior Cotes du Rhone vineyards which lie just over the appellation border. He is without doubt one of the rising stars of the Rhone.”

2 Comments »

  1. Dylan says:

    Did the lamb shanks put you in a poetic mood? That was one of the more colorful tasting notes you’ve written on the site (nothing wrong with that, I found it an enjoyable description). I’m just waiting for the uptight comments like I saw on Dr. Vino a few months back, “How rough is a barbarian’s beard? That’s a very subjective statement. Some barbarians have soft bears and harsh demeanor.” Well done.

  2. Andrew says:

    I think you have been hanging out with the wrong type of barbarians!

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