2014 Domaine de Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila Haut" Côtes du Roussillon Villages

SKU #1262868 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A terrific value that’s close to an even split of Grenache and Syrah (there’s 10% Carignan), from a mix of terroirs in the Agly Valley, the 2014 Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut was completely destemmed and spent eight months in a mix of concrete tanks and stainless steel prior to bottling. A fabulous value that will be hard to beat as a mid-week drinker, it offers lots of juicy berry fruit, violets, peppery herbs and damp earth characteristics in a medium-bodied, bright, fresh and elegant package. (JD)  (4/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* This red is supple and fresh, showing a mix of dark berry, plum, herbal tea and peppery flavors. Lightly grippy tannins frame the licorice- and mineral-accented finish. (GS)  (3/2016)

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2016 | Send Email
As an unapologetic political animal, I actually slogged, er, sat through several hours of the 2016 Republican National Convention recently, and following that 'ultimate endurance test', believe me, I was ready for some red meat! But what to drink? Luckily we just received the new vintage of this robust red blend from the raw heart of Roussillon, and it didn't disappoint, delivering a full, mouthwatering array of blackcurrant, cherries, wild herbs, violets and smoke on the palate. Remarkably concentrated and rich for a wine of such modest price, it should, excuse the expression, 'trump' most reds in that category. Fortunately, there's plenty to go around for the DNC as well.....
Top Value!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
Lafage, Cabirau and Chapoutier’s Domaine Bila Haut. What do these wineries share in common? All three have offered some of the greatest wine values we've seen in the last two years and all three projects are located in Roussillon. The whole Roussillon has drawn winemakers from all over the world because they recognize the potential of the region. There is great soil diversity, warm consistent weather with low disease pressure and ingenuity. And that brings us to Chapoutier. Truly one of the greats of the Rhone Valley, Michel ventured to the Roussillon in search of new opportunities, looking to expand his portfolio of already great wines. A master of Syrah (he started in the northern Rhone, the home base of the world's best Syrahs) and determined that Roussillon is a most suitable place for growing this noble grape. Grenache and Carignan are the kings here but Syrah's contribution is strong in the Chapoutier wines and adds beautiful depth to their character. The "Les Vignes" is everything an entry level wine from Roussillon should be. It possesses flavors of roasted cherries and strawberry confiture, followed by aromas of lilacs and jasmine with a light musky meaty tone. This is all wrapped up in a silky, seamless package. The "Les Vignes" is a whole lot of wine for a very fair price. You would be hard pressed to find a better value from anywhere in the world.

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2016 | Send Email
Take a good look at this wine's label. Go ahead; I'll wait. Lean in nice and close, and focus your pupils on the white paper. Now, run your fingers over the surface. What's that, you wonder? Little bumps? It then hits you. BRAILLE! Now, you must be wondering why they would include such a feature. Well, dear readers, to find out, simply pop that cork and the answer will be obvious. Simply put, one sip of this blend (Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan), and you'll feel your eyes swell up with SO MUCH PLEASURE, that they will indeed eventually cease to function.What then are you to do? Luckily, the gang at Chapoutier have got you covered. Always will you be able to identify the bottle that you continually crave; The wine that boasts luscious layers of berry fruit, black pepper, and lively floral aromatics. Yes, the labeling of this wine does indeed represent much fore-thought, as it takes a true artisan to predict the dangerous pleasure that this bottle delivers year after year!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2016 | Send Email
No matter how low the price, the wines of M. Chapoutier never fail to impress, and this Roussillon offering from the Domaine de Bila Haut is no exception. Made from totally-destemmed Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, it offers very pure fruit flavors of mulberry and plum that are supported by silky tannins and the perfect amount of acid. The price to quality ratio is incredible. Perfect for duck schnitzel or grilled quail!

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5