2016 Domaine les Aphillanthes 1921 (750ml)

Grenache from Rasteau, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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My first visit to the hilltop village of Rasteau in the Haut-Vaucluse was back in the '80s, I make a point of visiting its best addresses as often as possible. Its vineyards are perched along a south-facing ridge, roughly 650 to 700 feet in elevation, looking out to the Dentelles de Montmirail. Among the AOC's most prominent domaines is Domaine les Aphillanthes, run by fourth generation owner Daniel Boulle; a perfectionist whose viticultural zeal produces peerlessly pristine fruit. With minuscule yields, his grapes, thanks to consulting advice from our big buddy, famed winemaker Philippe Cambie, create some of the most incredible, unbelievably rich yet restrained Grenache-driven wines my palate has encountered. This Rasteau wine punches through the stratosphere of pleasure. The mind-bending depth of the fruit is attributable to vines planted in 1921, which produce waves of flavor tethered by a savoriness which leaves you wanting for more. This might be the vinous discovery of a lifetime... and you're gonna need to taste it yourself to fully comprehend its magnificence. I thought the 2010 was perfection, the 2015 took things to a whole new level and now the sublime 2016. No surprise with 2016, you know well by now what to do about these 2016s.


I suspect the 2016 Rasteau Cuvee 1921 is the finest wine to date from this estate; it’s unquestionably one of the finest Rasteau I’ve tasted. Flat-out stunning notes of spring flowers, orange blossom, violets, and blueberries all emerge from this full-bodied effort that has ample power and richness, yet beautiful elegance and purity at the same time. It’s going to benefit from a year or two of cellaring and keep for a decade.

95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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