Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge 2015
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"The jaw-dropper in the lineup was the quality of the 2015 Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine AdvocateDelicious, dense dark fruit and enticing minerality are just the beginning of what this Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge delivers. The salty umami of a black olive tapenade with crusty bread will pair wonderfully with your first glass, and be the perfect foil for all that unctuous fruit. Or, spiced pulled pork sliders. A warm lentil salad with portabellas will show off the earthy terroir of this French red, and is a great vegetarian meal. Make it grilled rib-eyes with a tomato-basil relish for the opposite end of the food spectrum. And if you've still got those lingering cold temps, we think the best antidote is a baked Moroccan lamb and eggplant dish. Be sure and read the rave review from Parker's publication; it's sure to get your heart and taste buds thumping.
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "The 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.
I continue to be blown away by the quality coming from Domaine de la Bila Haut, which is run with the Chapoutier team. They’ve continued to grow these Roussillon releases, and even at the entry-level price point, the quality is stunning. The straight Les Vignes de Bila Haut, at $14, is a no-brainer purchase, and it’s made in enough quantity that readers should have no problem finding a bottle or more. The quality of the l’Esquerda continues to improve and I think the 2015 will be the best vintage of this cuvee to date. The top single parcel bottles of RI and VIT are made in tiny quantities, but these are up with the finest wines coming from the south of France. In short, these are fabulous wines that show classic characters (most are aged all in concrete) and represent incredible values. Don’t miss them." Apr 2016
Winery: "Colour: Deep garnet red. Nose: Aromas of black cherry. Mouth: This wine is fleshy, well-structured with the warm and savage of soils of the Roussillon area."
Varietal: 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Carignan
14.5% Aging: in vats