The Story

The initial reason why Daniel and Hélène Boulle decided to convert to organic and biodynamic wine production was their attempt to use natural methods in order to treat their son’s eczema (as good a reason as any). They received both their Biodivin certification, for adopting biodynamic practices, and their Ecocert, for growing organically, in 2007, five years after starting to move away from conventional methods.

The 30 hectares Domaine Les Aphillanthes, near Gigondas in the Rhône Valley, is now famed for its low level of intervention, creating wines with a fine minerality that truly express the terroir. Well known their quality of fruit, Daniel and Hélène keep only the finest 80 per cent of grapes produced and they sell the rest. They tend to limit themselves to 130,000 bottles every year and produce yields of about 25-30hl/ha, significantly less than the locally allowed 45hl/ha. In fact, the domain is so committed to quality, it is even prepared to skip a vintage entirely if it is not up to standard. 

You can find the excellent wines of Domaine Les Aphillanthes in some of Europe’s finest restaurants.

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The People

Daniel & Hélène

Daniel and Hélène first took over Domaine Les Aphillanthes in 1987 back when it was a modest 10 hectares. Daniel was the fourth generation of his family to work these vines.

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The Place

Rhône, France 

The parcels are spread around three local towns, Travaillan, Cairanne and Sérignan. The soil here is fine and loose and made up from limestone and clay with small round stones. It is healthy soil, without pollution from the synthetic chemicals so often used in conventional winemaking. The vines here can grow as deep as a 30 metres!


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