Robert Parker: The blockbuster 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Centenaire tastes more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than a Cotes du Rhone. Dominated by Grenache with a small amount of Syrah included in the blend, the wine possesses great intensity, a terrific texture, full-bodied power, and wonderful purity and Provencal typicity. This sensational effort is filled with red and black fruit, roasted herb, barbecue smoke, meat juice and bouquet garni characteristics. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years or longer.
Beautiful black, thick, deep color. The nose has notes of roasted coffee, coffee mixed with notes of black fruit, dried figs and spicy notes of black pepper, licorice and cinnamon.
The palate is dense and meaty. There is a lot of fat sweetness, fine tannins, elegant and extremely persistent in the finish.