Simple Cotes du Rhones are generally made for drinking within four to five years after the vintage date. So theoretically I should have no complaint about a 2005 that is no longer showing its best. But considering how beautifully the 2005 Domaine de la Janasse was drinking at this time two years ago, this bottle is a distinct disappointment. Smells and flavors are not oxidized, thin or raisined; just lacking the balance it once had, Maybe it's just in an awkward stage, but I doubt it.
The color is a deep ruby; no sign of age there. Aromas are still centered around herbes de Provence (garrigue) along with spice and berries...but without the intensity it had two years ago. Flavors are the same, and there is some annoying heat around the edges. It's six years old. But I have 2005 Cotes du Rhones from other producers that are still drinking beautifully.