Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Domaine Sainte Anne Cotes du Rhone Villages Saint Gervais, 2000

This wine has reached a good place, and I suspect it will stay there for several years. It's Sainte Anne's top cuvee, containing a relatively high proportion of Mourvedre (60%) along with Grenache (20%) and Syrah (20%)..

Very deep, purplish. Sediment crust on one side of bottle. Mature Mourvedre spice and violets. Very lush, almost like blueberry dumplings. Has the Sainte Anne stamp: does not seem tannic but has the stuffing to age forever. Same on the palate. Ripe fruit flavors front to back. Mourvedre spice is showing but also plenty of Grenache berry and Syrah backbone. Gains depth and complexity as it airs and warms. Everything I expect from this cuvee, one of my favorites.

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