This 15-year-old Cotes du Rhone continues to impress. Tasted alongside the 1990 Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape (below), it was clearly a different type and style of wine, but no less serious and ageworthy. Smells and flavors are intensely floral with red and black fruit and spice. The one thing it has in common with the Beaurenard is its clarity.
When first released, Domaine Sainte-Anne Cotes du Rhone wines often display some vanilla notes that some mistake for new oak. At this stage, it's very clear that the wine has seen no new oak and does not need any, either for longevity or framing of fruit