2000 Domaine les Aphillanthes "3 Cépages" Côtes du Rhone Villages

SKU #1353795 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2000 Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cuvée Trois Cépages (equal parts Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre) offers an opaque purple color along with a gorgeous perfume of sweet cassis and blackberry fruit, full body, remarkable purity, and considerable power. Given its concentration, it will easily evolve for a decade or more, but I suspect its low acidity will cause most purchasers to consume it earlier. It is very impressive! The wine is bottled without fining and filtration. As I wrote last year, this is one of the discoveries of the southern Rhone. Although this is an expensive Côtes du Rhône, it represents a great value because it is comparable to the finest Gigondas and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is a stunningly concentrated, brilliant example from owner Daniel Boulle. (RP)  (12/2001)

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.