2013 Domaine Paul Autard Cotes du Rhone
We found this bottle in a local fine wine shop here in Hagerstown, MD. and had this wine with tomato, mozzarella and onion salad preparing to watch Matt Damon in “The Martian”. Great movie but that is another subject.
The history of the Autard family is first and foremost a history of winegrowers who pass on from generation to generation a precious sum of knowledge, observations and work of the vine. The Autard family has worked in an old farm in Courthézon and then built a new cellar in 2005 to optimize the wine-making process. Vigneron Jean-Paul has been leading the family business since the age of 17.
Paul Autard Vineyards are located in the village of Courthezon, France at the border of Chataeuneuf-du-Pape and Cotes du Rhone. All the vines are between 40 and 95 years old. It is a blend of Grenache70%, Syrah 15%, and Mourvedre 15%. The wine sees no oak, all aging is in stainless steel vats which keeps the fruit up front.
We attempted to open it with our Screwpull but the cork was dry, dry, dry! Had to break out my old reliable Ah-So cork puller. Worked like a charm. We decanted it into my poor man’s decanter for ½ hour before trying.
The color was a nice clear intense ruby red with no sediment.
First impressions of the nose were of dark berry, cinnamon, and hints of vanilla. Very fresh and fruity.
The first taste was full of fruit, Blackberry, strawberry with a peppery medium long finish. It was dry but not overly. We found this wine to be very pleasurable. The price is $15.00-$17.00 range. We give it thumbs up, try Domaine Paul Autard Cotes du Rhone you will agree.
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