2010 M. Chapoutier "Les Vignes de Bila-Haut" Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, so I will just list the wines, my score, and the region from which they emerge. They are of very high quality and deserve readers’ attention. Hopefully my prose has convinced more than a handful of readers to try these remarkable wines from one of the most fascinating and compelling personalities in the entire wine world, and one dedicated to the highest quality.
*Best Value* This lithe, powerful red offers concentrated spiced cherry, plum tart and blackberry flavors that feature plenty of spicy notes. A dark chocolate accent lingers on the firm, moderately tannic finish. Best from 2014 through 2018.
Bila-Haut is a relatively new project from famed Rhône Valley vigneron Michel Chapoutier, composed of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grown in the black and brown schist soils of Roussillon in the commune of Latour-de-France. 14% abv.