2015 Domaine les Aphillanthes 1921 (750ml)

Grenache from Rasteau, Rhône, France

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By now you should be able to say "Aphillanthes" easily, the name is a jawbreaker but these rich CdRs are happily luscious on the tongue. I've turned you on to dozens from Daniel Boulle that you've loved, and here are a few more stunners. What aromas, rich textures and endless length in the mouth (and the cellar). Comes from an ancient vineyard and Boulle farms it the ancient way, fanatically biodynamic with an eye on the moon and a horse behind the plow. I'm indebted on this wine to my importer pal Peter Weygandt, who counts Boulle and Aphillanthes as his greatest find. Boulle is a meticulous perfectionist and in league with the bigger than life wine genius Philippe Cambie – new guys with old ways bringing fresh excitement to the Cotes du Rhone. I'm surprised that Aphillanthes prices haven't jumped accordingly ...yet.


The rich, concentrated 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau 1921 aged in demi-muids and finished in concrete. From a vineyard planted in 1921, it's 90% Grenache, with the remainder Mourvèdre and Carignan. Deep and dark, it offers notes of plums, blueberries and mocha, a full-bodied, supple mouthfeel, and a long, licorice-tinged finish. It should drink well for a decade.

92 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
7 bottles in stock. Ships in 1 to 2 business days.

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