Les Aphillanthes

Domaine Les Aphillanthes from Travaillan, just northwest of Gigondas, has the special capability of jolting us into appreciation of the Côtes du Rhône region. Grower and winemaker Daniel Boulle's terroir driven southern Rhône wines are exemplary models of perfect fruit and minute yields. The roots of their vines grow as deep as 30 meters, (about 100 feet)! His approach is to focus on the quality of the fruit in the vineyards together with minimal intervention in the winery. Fermentation is in concrete vats; the wine is moved about by gravity. No filtration. Daniel, the 4th generation at the domaine, inherited the estate's 10 hectares in 1987 and has increased it by acquiring exceptional parcels, inclduding one in Rasteau planted in 1921. Since 2003, the estate has followed biodynamic principles and since 2007, the domaine has been certified as biodynamic (Biodivin) and organic (ECOCERT). Deemed by Robert Parker as "one of the finest estates in the southern Rhone, making which may be the richest Côtes du Rhône I have tasted." The Boulles do not try to emulate other growers. Terroir expression and balanced fruit qualities can be felt in all Aphillanthes' wines.

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Domaine les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Rose 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "Light pink in color, the 2014 Cotes du Rhone Rose from Domaine les Aphillanthes is gorgeous and just hard to resist. Loaded with fruit forward notes of sweet cherries, raspberries and dried flowers, it has no hard edges on the palate, a supple, seamless texture and beautiful

Domaine les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Rose 2013
5% Cinsault, 40% Grenache, 5%Syrah, 5% Counoise, 5% Mourvedre

Domaine les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes 2010
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "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

Domaine les Aphillanthes Les Galets Plan de Dieu 2011
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Fresh and enticing, with mouthwatering, finely beaded acidity along the edges of the blackberry-, raspberry- and fig-flavored core. Floral, spice and apple wood notes keep this humming through the finish. Drink now through 2016."  Robert Parker 89-90 "The 2011 Cotes du

Les Aphillanthes Cotes Du Rhone Villages 3 Cépages 2010
93  Rhone Report 
Rhone Report 93 "The 2010 Cuvée 3 Cépages is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, that gets harvested all at the same time in October when the Mourvedre finally gets ripe. This results in ultra ripe Grenache and Syrah, and while it is no lightweight, it stays beautifully fresh and