The 2009 Cotes du Rhone is shaping up to be as good or at least close to the 2005 vintages. The growing season was warm and dry, sunlight was ideal and the grapes ripened came early, same as in 2005. The 2009 Saint-Damien Vielles Vignes is a medium bodied nicely concentrated wine. The average age of the vines on the property is 50 years.
The grapes are 90% Grenache and the rest a blend of Mourvedre and Carignan. In the glass it has a dark garnet color with nice legs due to the 14.8% alcohol content. You will find aromas of black cherry, licorice and some floral notes. On the palate, you will find some hints of pepper, leather, with a nice lavender finish. It has a smooth, long finish and really displays the beauty of Southern France. This wine would pair well with several different dishes. We enjoyed it with grilled pork chops with a balsamic vinegar and maple syrup reduction. It will cost around $16.99 and it will not disappoint.