91 points John Gilman, View from the Cellar
"Domaine les Aphillanthes’ Côtes-du-Rhône “les Galets” Plan de Dieu from is produced from forty-six year-old vines, with the cépages sixty percent grenache and twenty percent each of syrah and mourvèdre, with all the vines farmed biodynamically. The wine is fermented and aged in cement vats. The 2019 les Galets comes in at 14.5 percent alcohol and delivers a fine, ripe aromatic constellation of raspberries, roasted meats, a fine base of soil and a lovely, complex topnote of garrigue. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and tangy, with a rock solid core of fruit, firm, well-integrated tannins and a long, complex and beautifully balanced finish. Like so many 2019s from the south, this has more structure than in most vintages, but I really love the balance here and this wine is going to be outstanding once it softens up and drink well for many years. I would give it a year or two in the cellar to let it drop a bit of tannin, and then drink it with great enjoyment over the next fifteen years ormore. It is quite cool on the backend for its octane. Fine juice. 2023-2040. (Jul/Aug 2021)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Tasting Notes: Dark, inky purple. A deep, rich, concentrated wine with top notes of black fruit, licorice, incense, and earth. Succulent on the palate, with predominant flavors of black raspberry and black cherry undergirded by meatiness and garrigue. The ripe core of fruit is counterbalanced by a dry mouthfeel. An excellent, enchanting Côtes-du-Rhône.