- Appellation: AOC Côtes-du-Rhône
- Region: Rhône
- Country: France
- Colour: White
- Grape Varieties: 45% Viognier 45% Roussanne 10% Clairette Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette
- Soil type: Clay, Limestone
- Vessel type: Other
- Filtered - Light Filtration microns.
Notes on additives, aids & processing used:
- No temperature control.
- Total Sulphites: 50 mg/L
- This wine is fermented spontaneously.
- Other Information:Age of vines: 12 years old vines
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel vats for 8 days. Gravity method is used in the cellar to be as gentle as possible with the wine. The wine is aged in stainless steel vats for 3 month. After bottling, the wine stays in cellar for 4 to 5 months before being released. Light filtration. No finning.
The initial reason why Daniel and Hélène Boulle decided to convert to organic and biodynamic wine production was their attempt to use natural methods in order to treat their son’s eczema (as good a reason as any). They received both their Biodivin certification, for adopting biodynamic practices, and their Ecocert, for growing organically, in 2007, five years after starting to move away from conventional methods.
The 30 hectares Domaine Les Aphillanthes, near Gigondas in the Rhône Valley, is now famed for its low level of intervention, creating wines with a fine minerality that truly express the terroir. Well known their quality of fruit, Daniel and Hélène keep only the finest 80 per cent of grapes produced and they sell the rest. They tend to limit themselves to 130,000 bottles every year and produce yields of about 25-30hl/ha, significantly less than the locally allowed 45hl/ha. In fact, the domain is so committed to quality, it is even prepared to skip a vintage entirely if it is not up to standard.
You can find the excellent wines of Domaine Les Aphillanthes in some of Europe’s finest restaurants.
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