The major difference between Sainte Anne's basic Cotes du Rhone and its CDR Villages is the age of the vines. It is a step up in quality, although not quite up to the level of the Notre Dame des Cellettes or the Saint Gervais. All are very reasonably priced for the quality and ability to grow with age.
Deep ruby beginning to turn in color but not as much so as the 2004 basic Cotes du Rhone. This 2001 also seems a bit less developed in its aromas and flavors. Still has that cool aromatic intensity that is typical of Sainte Anne wines in their youth. Fresh berries, ripe plums and herbs. Flavors are showing more signs of maturity. Savory finish.