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Les Aphillanthes Côtes du Rhône Rosé , 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Simply OUTSTANDING Rosé that’s a steal of a deal.

Producer/Winery: Daniel Boulle and his wife Hélène; Domaine Les Aphillanthes; Travaillan, France.

Grape Variety: Rosé blend – 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 7% Mourvèdre and 3% Counoise.

Geographic Appellation: Côtes du Rhône, France.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $12.60 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Sipping.

Tasting:

    He said: Chilled before drinking. Dark watermelon color. Ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas with hints of floral. Silky smooth, crisp acidity, dry with a medium body; lots of strawberry, citrus, and raspberry flavors followed by a long slightly tart mineral finish. STUNNING Rosé. In a word it was SUMPTUOUS. Fantastic balance, rich mouth-watering tastes, full of character and a dry/mineral after-taste that went on and on. All this at only $12.60, definitely an all-time Rosé value. This was a QUALITY wine at a BARGAIN price if there ever was one!!! Simply OUTSTANDING Rosé that’s a steal of a deal.

    See also our review of the 2015 vintage. Who said you can’t improve on a good thing? Well, we thought the 2015 was great, but the 2016 was even better and less expensive, so we just had to review it and do another post on this Les Aphillanthes Côtes du Rhône Rosé. This has to be the BEST VALUE ROSE we have had, and one of the best value wines we have had in a long time. And, that says a lot!!!

    She said: Clear, glorious dusty pink color. If you want a truly great, bargain Rosé this is the one to consider! The color was enticing, but so was the aroma and taste. The wine sings from the first sip to the long finish and is ever so smooth, crisp and seductive with just the tiniest a hint of creaminess. It had a mixture of fruits with strawberry dominating, but the mouth feel was so silky and the flavors so deep it stepped into a new dimension of Rosé and at $12.60 it is especially noteworthy!

Domaine Les Aphillanthes Côtes du Rhône vineyard

Comments: Learn more about the Domaine Les Aphillanthes and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 7 91930 00112 9

Imported by: Weygandt-Metzler; Unionville, Pennsylvania.

Photo from Domaine Les Aphillanthes.