Tasted alongside the the Domaine de la Janasse (below), this wine offers a slightly different angle on Cotes du Rhone. Donna and I agree that the Janasse is the superior wine, but there is no question that Grand Prieur is more flamboyant in its personality.
It's a deeper ruby than Janasse, with some youthful blue tints, and the aromas are also darker: black fruits, licorice and minerals: Vacqueyras as opposed to Chateauneuf du Pape. Some red berry Grenache emerges as the wine airs and warms in the glass. This is a relatively big bodied wine and not as silky nor as elegant on the palate as the Janasse. But I think there is still some potential for improvement, even though Grand Prieur is ordinarily not a wine for aging. A testament to the quality of the 2005 vintage?