Paul Autard CNDP 2015
A killer vintage for the cuvee, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cote Ronde is up with the finest vintages of this cuvee to date. It's always the most modern styled, and at time the oak can stand out, yet in this case, everything is perfectly integrated; it has full-bodied richness, sweet, sweet tannin and blockbuster length. It's not going to appeal to traditionalists, but it's one drop-dead gorgeous wine.
Ripe, with bold cassis, plum cake and melted black licorice notes, pushed by ambitious ganache and warm fruitcake flavors. Shows ample toast through the finish, with the licorice edge taking an encore. An extroverted style, but will certainly have fans. Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2020 through 2035.