A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre cropped at a ridiculously low 17 hectoliters per hectare, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Vieilles Vignes comes from 60-year old Mourvedre vines and 80-year old Grenache. A stunning effort, it offers up notes of sauteed porcini mushrooms intermixed with blueberry, black currant and black raspberry fruit. Full-bodied and rich with good structure and density, it is another impressive, pure, multidimensional effort from Domaine Les Aphillanthes. Consume it over the next decade.
92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 196 - Aug 2011)
A dark and alluring red, offering black tea and roasted wood spice aromas, followed by ripe, racy boysenberry and plum sauce notes. Ends with a long, sleek, anise-filled finish. Drink now through 2014. 200 cases imported.
91 points, Wine Spectator (Apr 2012)