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A mature Cotes du Rhone Villages from Les Aphillanthes


It was some 7 years ago that I first came across the 2000 vintage from Domaine Les Aphillanthes.  Back then the 2000 Domaine Les Aphillanthes, Cuvee du Cros, Cotes du Rhone Villages needed several hours of air before it was ready to drink but it clearly had a strong potential.  This wine is now drinking in full maturity but has a surprising amount of vigor and years to come.  I really wish I had cases of this stuff!  This wine was purchased a long time ago from MacArthur Beverages.

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2000 Domaine Les Aphillanthes, Cuvee du Cros, Cotes du Rhone Villages –
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This is 100% Syrah aged in demi-muids.  Alcohol 14.7%.  There were aromas of cedar box, dark fruit, and roast earth.  In the mouth were round, dense, and expansive flavors that were infused with wood box, integrated acidity and black minerals in the finish.  The flavors became drier towards the finish.  With air the wine was clearly bright on the tongue with dry extract, strength, and a hint of flavor leaning towards the prune.  **** Now-2019.

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