For my taste, this CDR Villages has reached a perfect stage for drinking. The red berry fruit is front and center, but secondary smells, flavors and textures are beginning to emerge. At this stage, it reminds me of a very good Pinot Noir.
Medium ruby/crimson. Grenache color dominates. Lovely ripe raspberries with lavender and spice. Medium bodied with lots of ripe flavors that coat the tongue from front to back. More subtle than the 2004 Sainte Anne Cotes du Rhone I had a couple of months ago and also more youthful fruit. Still a fruit-oriented wine but with delicacy and class. Even better the second night.