This old vines cuvee Cotes du Rhone from Berthet Rayne has many of the qualities to be expected from a Villages wine. From the very good 2007 vintage, it is drinking very well right now.
Beautiful deep crimson color. Grenache spices, cherries and anise on the nose. Fruit comes across nicely on the palate. Slightly tannic, just enough to make the flavors interesting. Grenache cherry ripeness on the long finish. This may have seen some new oak, but the wine still preserves its Southern Rhone traditions.