2005 Paul Autard Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Deep ruby color, darker than expected. The aromas are intense and slightly aggressive, with black plummy fruit and pronounced earthy and herbal notes. The palate is robust, very satisfying on a cold winter evening, with red and black plums and hints of black raspberry along with touches of tomato, bacon and oregano… a pluperfect panoply of classic Mediterranean French garrigue. There are a boatload of tannins, far from fully resolved, but not really out of place in such an outspoken bottle. Label says 14.5%… I’m guessing that’s low by ½ to 1%.
Rated 90.5. This is at the end of adolescence, not sure it will grow more graceful with age. If I owned a case, I’d start popping corks and monitor. Could improve by a point or so over the next 5 years, but I’m not sure.

Dan Kravitz

Personally I didn’t think their 2000 and 2001 developed as well as peers did. I too would suggest drinking up.

I’ve tried about 10 times with various vintages, never had one from this producer that I took more than a half sip of.