Daniel Boulle is obsessed with squeezing every last bit of character out of his unique parcels and his quintessential sun-drenched southern Rhône terroir.
You hear a lot from us about the benefits of natural, organic, and biodynamic winemaking because the winemakers who embrace these approaches are invariably passionate about harnessing terroir and meticulously producing high-quality, high-character wine.
Danielle Boulle are all three—natural, organic, and biodynamic—and the character of his wines shows it. You can learn what pure, natural Rhône wines taste like this Saturday from noon to 4pm as we spotlight the wines of Domaine Les Aphillanthes!
Since 1987, Daniel Boulle has made wines that exemplify terroir-driven purity and perfect balance, all from minute yields.
Robert Parker described Boulle's domaine in Wine Advocate #203 as, "One of the finest estates in the southern Rhône for their selection of Cotes du Rhône-Villages..."
Truly, this estate, just northwest of Gigondas, will reinvigorate your appreciation of what Côtes-du-Rhône can achieve.
The Boulles don't try to emulate other winemakers—instead, Daniel focuses on the vines (many of which have roots as deep as 30 meters!) and the earth beneath them. Since inheriting the estate's 10 hectares in 1987, he has gradually increased its footprint by acquiring one exceptional parcel after another.
And to ensure that his wines reflect the full character of those parcels, he takes a decidedly low-intervention approach to winemaking, blending natural, organic, and biodynamic techniques in a singular pursuit of purity and character.
This Saturday, we'll pour 6 Domaine Les Aphillanthes cuvées across 3 vintages, including 5 flavorful reds and a silky white. You can find more information here, including tasting notes and special pricing.