Friday, May 21, 2010

Domaine Sainte Anne Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2000

As I've mentioned here before, all of the Domaine Sainte Anne wines have good aging potential. They come from well tended old vines and are produced without new oak and with winemaking practices that reduce exposure to oxygen. Whenever vintage conditions allow it, the grapes are not de-stemmed, and that probably contributes to a distinctive vanilla trait when the wines are less than 10 years old.

This 2000 CDR Villages is incredibly youthful with bright aromas and flavors of fruit, flowers and Provencal herbs. Blueberries and cream, red raspberries, cherries and just a touch of vanilla that is beginning to fade. It's medium bodied with a silky texture similar to that of the Notre Dame des Cellettes described below. The two wines have the same blend--60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre--and a similar Grenache-oriented personality. The Notre Dame comes from the oldest and best vines on the estate and is a bit more complex and classy at this stage of development. As I drink this lovely CDR Villages, though, I have no complaints whatsoever. It is beautiful.

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