Grapes: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, and 7% Cinsault. Region: France> Rhone> Southern Rhone> Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Notes: Sustainable farming, old vines (50 to 90 yrs); 18 months in French oak.
Description: Jean Paul Autard carries on the tradition established by his father Paul when he founded their family domaine in the village of Courthezon in the early 1970's. Before that, four generations of the family worked as growers in the vineyard. Since 2004, Jean-Paul has been working in his new state-of-the-art winery, which allows him enhanced control over all phases of winemaking, and a consistent increase in quality. His unique style, fusing elegance, balance and generously expressive Chateauneuf-du-Pape flavor. Jean Paul Autard vineyards aims to achieve a perfect balance between soil and vine. He is guided by the practice known as culture raisonnee. Autard's vine average over 50 years of age and uses only organic fertilizers, naturally ensures low-yields and concentrated fruit character.
The 2019 exhibits aromas of dark currants, wild berries, and strawberry licorice. The palate is medium to full-bodied with excellent extraction of terroir and fruit. Upfront, notes of mullberries, vanilla-cream, and ripe red apple skin. The tannins are sweet and slightly chewy while the wine moves across the mid-palate displaying tar, licorice root, and touch of chocolate and cream. A very pleasant wine that offers extreme enjoyment now and years to come.
Food pairings: Beef, cheese, duck, barbecue sauces, rabbit, steaks, eggplant, quail, short ribs, etc.