The 2005 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape produced rich wines with powerful flavors and extreme structure. The ’05 Domaine Paul Autard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée La Cote Ronde is from a parcel of 90 year old vines and is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Muscardin.
The wine is dark ruby in color. Wonderful bouquet of kirsch, raspberry, dried cherries, anise, leather, Asian spices and stones. The wine finishes with a wall of tannins. Admittedly I only decanted this for an hour, but I would hesitate to open another bottle of this wine (or any other top ’05) for another year or two.
My rating: 92 points