Jean-Paul Autard runs the family estate since the age of 17. His choices of grapevines, of vinification and ageing (phenol maturity, total destemming of the harvest, ageing in casks) further his quest for balance.
"Strength, richness, elegance and finesse, a great wine from Chateauneuf du Pape should bring together all these qualities, to charm with its persistence and the pleasure it procure".
Jean-Paul Autard works in the tradition of his predecessors, with no preconceived notions and with an unceasing curiosity.
This way of thinking allows for his wines to not only be seductive in their youth but also to develop remarkably as they age.
Using neither insecticides nor chemical fertillizers, Jean-paul Autard has an attitude resolutely turned towards a respect for balance in nature and biodiversity.
For Jean-Paul Autard, living and working in harmony with his land corresponds to a quest for perfection, ambitious but honest...
Situated between Courthézon and Chateauneuf du Pape, it benefits from a variety of geographic spots and exposures particularly favorable to the complexity of the wines. The terroir at the Domaine Paul Autard is made up for the most part of sand and rounded shingles.
Thinning out the leaves lets in more sunshine and allows for the vines' good health. Removal of unessential shoots allows for the aeration of the vines (thus the grape), as well concentrating the berry to bring out the terroir with more precision.
The vines vary from 40 to 95 years old, the wine "Côte Ronde" coming from a parcel of 90 year old grapevines planted in a terroir of rounded shingles and blocks of fossilized limestone. The main grape varieties are Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and Muscardin for the reds, and Clairette, Roussanne and White Grenache for the white wines.
Entrance of the vineyard estate
The vineyard of Châteauneuf du Pape
In the vineyards of the Domaine Paul Autard
Filling the oak casks
Wine store in Chateauneuf du Pape