- Nick's Import
2019 Domaine Les Aphillanthes Mille Neuf Cent Vingt et Un Rasteau
A long time direct import, Domaine les Aphillanthes is located in the tiny village of Travaillan, just to the north of Châteauneuf du Pape, and is run by Daniel Boulle. Undeniably rich, chewy and powerful renowned Rhone wine critic Jeb Dunnuck describes them as ‘some of the best Cotes du Rhones out there…’.
A blend of 92% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre and 1% Carignan produced from vines planted in 1921 that yield little, but deliver incredibly concentrated fruit. Very deep dark red black in colour with a dark red hue. Fragrant spicy red to dark raspberry and red cherry scents infused with fresh herbs are married to hints of graphite, dried meats and blackpepper. Rich pepper laced red raspberry, liquorice and dark cherry fruits show ample power and freshness across the medium to full bodied palate. Provincial herb, crushed volcanic rock and spicy dried meat accents add further nuance. Lending a meaty, robust like feel is bright acidity and muscular tannins. Blackpepper laden, it finishes long and juicy yet a touch grippy.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
The 2019 Rasteau Cuvée 1921 comes from ancient vines (planted in 1921) and is 92% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, and 1% Carignan, which I believe was raised in tank. It takes plenty of air to open up and offers a striking Provençal bouquet of sweet black cherries, flowery incense, peppery garrigue, lavender, and saddle leather. It actually reminds me of walking through a street market in Vaison-La-Romaine in the south of France with its complex, incredibly satisfying Provençal aromatics. These characteristics all carry over to the palate, where the wine is medium to full-bodied, has a round, layered mouthfeel, ripe yet present tannins, and a great finish. It doesn't have the sheer elegance of, say, the 2016 or 2010, but it's a beauty. Give it a decant if drinking any time soon. It should put a smile on your face any time over the coming decade or more. Drink 2023-2034.