M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Bila Haut 2015

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Domaine Bila-Haut is owned by the world-renowned Rhône Valley winemaker Michel Chapoutier. The estate is located in the Côtes du Roussillon of Languedoc, which borders the Rhône Valley and has many of the same grapes planted. Bila-Haut is an old vine estate that Chapoutier farms with biodynamic techniques (same as he does at his Rhone estate), and it is planted to Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. The cool winters, hot summers, low rainfall, and the local 'Mistral' (which is a drying breeze), combine to make a perfect climate for these varietals. All of the grapes are hand picked in the vineyards, and the bunches are de-stemmed upon arrival to the winery. The resulting wine is deep, rich and a little rustic, with black cherry, dark plum, mocha and licorice notes. It will pair beautifully with roasted and grilled meats, beef stew, hearty, spicy bean soups or flavorful cheeses. The 2010 Bila-Haut was chosen as a Top 100 Wine of the Year in 2012 by Wine Spectator.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Appellation Cotes de Roussillon Villages
Brand M. Chapoutier
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine AdvocateThe jaw-dropper in the lineup was the quality of the 2015 Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut. While the entry level wine from this estate, the quality here is incredible, especially at the price point. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignan from a mix of the estate's terroirs, aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel, it offers a rich, concentrated and serious feel to go with fabulously pure notes of blackberries, black raspberries, crushed rock and melted licorice. Thick, unctuous and luxuriously textured, this will certainly be the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date.

Jeb Dunnuck, April 2016
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Wine SpectatorDesignation Best Values. This has finesse, with an iron core surrounded by blackberry, cassis, plum and garrigue flavors. Full tannins offer structure, with details of olive and bay leaf that linger into the savory finish. Drink now through 2020. 60,000 cases made.

Gillian Sciaretta, February 28, 2017