I remember this wine being somewhat stern and disappointing when I first tasted it about seven or eight years ago. Tonight the wine is dancing, and so am I.
The color is a deep ruby with minimal browning at the rim. Compact notes of blueberry/strawberry Grenache dominate the bouquet along with peppercorn and garrigue. This wine has developed nicely, like a high-level Cotes du Rhone Villages. There is good balance and a full range of flavors that dance on the palate. This wine is most certainly at its peak, and it's a delight to drink.
Domaine de la Janasse is a top Chateauneuf du Pape estate, and the vineyards for this Cotes du Rhone are just outside the Chateauneuf appellation. Year after year, it's one of the top values in Cotes du Rhone.