Saturday, September 19, 2020

Domaine Sainte Anne Cotes du Rhone Villages Gervais, 2004

I was disappointed with this wine last night; tonight it is very good. The difference: tonight, I decanted it. The wine, at this stage, clearly benefits from aeration.

Saint Gervais is my favorite Sainte Anne bottling and the one most likely to benefit from aging. Compared to other Sainte Anne's, the Saint Gervais has a high percentage of Mourvedre in the blend. Mourvedre often presents with a brett-like smell, which is what took the shine off my experience with the wine last. With a bit of aging or aeration, this can blow away revealing scents of violets, berries and Mourvedre spice. These all carry through into the fruit-filled finish. Good wine at a good stage.

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