Domaine Les Aphillanthes Plan de Dieu 2017

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Tasting Notes


Plan de Dieu, meaning “God’s Plain”, is one of the 22 Côtes du Rhône Villages of the southern Rhône. It is known for low yields and concentrated wines with aromas reminiscent of the surrounding garrigue scrubland: thyme, bay and undergrowth.

Domaine Les Aphillanthes from Travaillan, just northwest of Gigondas is owned by Grower and winemaker Daniel Boulle, the 4th generation at the domaine. He inherited the estate’s 10 hectares in 1987 and has increased it by acquiring exceptional parcels, including one in Rasteau planted in 1921. 

Since 2003, the estate has followed biodynamic principles and since 2007, the domaine has been certified as biodynamic (Biodivin) and organic (ECOCERT).  Deemed by Robert Parker as “one of the finest estates in the southern Rhone, which may be making the richest Côtes du Rhône I have tasted.”  The Boulles do not try to emulate other growers. Terroir expression and balanced fruit qualities can be felt in all Aphillanthes’ wines. Vines for this blend are 45 years old and are grown on a bed of red clay covered with smooth, round stones called “galets.” The soil is sparse and the roots of Daniel’s vines grow as deep as 30 meters (about 100 feet).

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 and there is no filtration.


Aromas are of bright red cherry and pomegranate. This appealing, ripe wine is medium plus in body with cherry, plum and pomegranate--mostly fresh, with a bit of preserves and pie spice, especially cinnamon. Typical of a good Grenache-based blend, it stays bright, supple and juicy with a longer finish.


This would be delicious with a charcuterie board, roasted chicken, pork tenderloin or braised vegetables. It’s also perfect for Mediterranean flavors such as pizza, tomato-based dishes or herbed sausages. And it’s ripe enough for burgers or lamb chops.


Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Duck, Grilled preparations, Hearty stew, Mushrooms, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce

France , Rhone
Grape Varietal:
60% Grenache/Garnacha, 20% Monastrell/Mourvedre, 20% Syrah/Shiraz
$17.00 each