This is the first time I have detected secondary characteristics in a Domaine Sainte Anne Cotes du Rhone. They are, for my taste, a very positive development.
The color has matured a bit, and there is sediment on one side of the bottle. Gone is the overt tonic fruitiness that is the hallmark of Domaine Sainte Anne and, in its place, a more complex bouquet of flowers and spices. On the palate, there are deep cherry tones, and the finish is long and complex. More savory than sweet at this stage of development, and I like that.