Grape: 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. Region: France> Rhone> Cotes du Rhone. Notes: Sustainable. Stainless steel tank. No oak. Natural yeast.
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.
This Cotes du Rhone, is a baby version of his powerhouse Chateauneuf-du-pape, and its grapes are harvested from vineyards located at the border of the Chateauneuf appellation in Courthezon. Deeply colored and very aromatic, with concentrated, fresh red and black fruit, nuanced by violet and spice notes, and a rich texture. The aromas are displaying wild red berries with a hint of licorice. On the palate the tannins are medium textured (slightly chewy) with good acid/ alcohol balance. Toward the finish the wine develops notes of licorice root, tar ad red apple skin.
Food pairings: Charcuterie, soft cheeses, tikka marsala, hamburgers, oxtails, pizza, vegetables, etc.