Gigondas, Rhone, France
Wine Advocate 90 points!
Domaine les Aphillanthes Gigondas Promesse is a beautiful Grenache blend from vineyards surrounding the town of Gigondas in the southern Rhone. Grower and winemaker Daniel Boulle's terroir driven southern Rho?ne wines are exemplary models of perfect fruit and minute yields. 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 feed. No filtration. His oenologist is Philippe Cambie and his commitment to quality is evidenced by the fact that he refused to bottle any 2008s. Boulle's aim is the true sense of terroir. In 1987 Daniel inherited 10 hectares near Travaillon. He and his wife Helene gradually purchased 27 more hectares themselves, including, most recently, from the Rasteau appellation. Since 2003 the estate has followed biodynamic principles. Since 2007, the domaine is certified as biodynamic (Biodivin) and organic (Ecovert).
"Hints of crushed stone and dark, plummy fruits mark the nose of the 2015 Gigondas Promesse. Only the second vintage of the wine to be produced by the domaine, it shows admirable structure and poise, fine tannins and a lingering finish. It's a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, aged partly in demi-muids and partly in concrete." Drink 2018-2024-Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 90 points!
Enjoy Aphillanthes Gigondas with lamb chops, skirt steak, burgers and grilled vegetables.