I'm sure I am one of a very small number of persons still drinking this 14-year-old Cotes du Rhone. And that's a shame. It's only recently shed its blueberries and cream personality and is now beginning to take on more complex secondary and tertiary characteristics. All of these are fruit-oriented because the wine was produced in a reductive environment of stainless steel and cement tanks--no oak. It has thrown some sediment, but, even on the third night after it was opened, there is no oxidation and the tannins are still lively.
Bright crimson, no sign of bricking. Red cherries and raspberries are dominant in the aromas and flavors at this stage. The tartness of cherries and the sweetness of red raspberries. More acidity is showing than in past bottles, and, for me, that's a plus, because the wine's big fruit presence was a bit ripe previously. Age has brought on a spicy quality that reminds me of Mourvedre but apparently is Cinsault. The cuvee is 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Cinsault.