Domaine Les Aphillanthes Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé 2015
Domaine Les Aphillanthes Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé 2015 | Bottle Price: $14.99 | Case Price: $161.89
Domaine les Aphillanthes, located just northwest of Gigondas, has the special capability of jolting anyone into rosé appreciation. The 4th generation Daniel Boulle is at the helm of the domaine and he’s following both organic and biodynamic methods. This blend is 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 7% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise – wines are fermented in concrete tank, moved by gravity feed and never filtered. The domaine uses wild yeast fermentation, horse-plowed vineyards, and the fruit is hand-harvested.
This dry rosé is full of character. Aromas are of sour cherry, raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry blossom and slate. Round red fruits on the palate with citrus, floral, and stony elements. It’s medium-bodied with a medium-long finish. It’s very well-balanced. Try this refreshing rosé with this equally refreshing dish – Soba Noodles with Eggplant, Mango and Tofu.
The vines are grown from Cailloux/Galets over clay-limestone. Cailloux or Galets are large stones that are strewn throughout the vineyards (they are famous in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). The stones act as sort of a heating pad, collecting the warmth of the sun and releasing it at night, helping to ripen the grapes further. It doesn’t look like vines should grow here but they do. They struggle up through the earth and rock and yield concentrated fruit.