A new house wine: 2014 Aphillanthes, Cuvee des Galets
The one wine which I have been recently drinking with some frequency is the 2014 Domaine Les Aphillanthes, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan De Dieu. Well, not just myself but my wife and brother-in-law as well. I first started drinking the Cuvee des Galets with the 2000 vintage when it was still a regular Cotes du Rhone Villages. This latest vintage bears the Plan de Dieu designation which was granted back in 2005. If this designation is an indication of the quality of the village than this particular bottle is one example of it. This wine is everything you could want in a young Cote du Rhone: fruit, acidity, and strength. As a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvede fermented and raised in cement you have youthful complexity with supportive structure. In short, you will want to see every bottle to the end so buy it by the case!
2014 Domaine Les Aphillanthes, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan De Dieu – $20
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler. This wine is a blend of mostly Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre which is both fermented and aged in concrete. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose is rich with aromas of young berries. In the mouth this grapey wine is almost driven by acidity but there is flavor and weight to back it up. Puckering hints soon make way to a good depth of flavor which packs in plenty of blue and black fruit. *** Now – 2019.