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2009 Domaine Les Aphillanthes L'Ancestrale du Puits Vignes Centenaires Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012

(90% grenache and 10% mourvedre, from vines that were reportedly planted over a century ago):  Deep ruby color.  An expansive bouquet displays scents of dark berry liqueur, roasted cherry, licorice and star anise, plus a hint of violet.  Lush, broad and palate-staining, with a seamless texture and sweet blackberry and blueberry flavors lifted by gentle acidity.  Closes with excellent cling and a resonating note of candied dark berries. 

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The entire Rhone Valley is frequently referred to as the Cotes du Rhone, but this is also the name of the generic appellation that covers more than 100 communes in the region north of Avignon. The primary varieties cultivated here are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan. Wines simply labeled Cotes du Rhone may rank at the bottom of the hierarchy...

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