Bila Haut Cote Roussillon 2009

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

A tank-raised blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from gneiss and schist sites in various parts of the Agly Valley, Chapoutier's 2007 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut possesses an alluring aroma and lovely, deep richness of black raspberry, cherry, and roasted meat, augmented by toasted pecans, coriander, and resinous herbs. With rarified tannins and a vividly juicy fresh fruit presence, this represents an irresistible introduction to its genre for immediate enjoyment, yet the structure here is tightly-enough knit, the balance impeccable, the entire performance loaded with energy, so I see no reason to doubt that this amazing value will be a delight 2-3 years from now as well.

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3.50 5
07/24/2011

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Bila Haut Cote Roussillon

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A tank-raised blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from gneiss and schist sites in various parts of the Agly Valley, Chapoutier's 2007 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut possesses an alluring aroma and lovely, deep richness of black raspberry, cherry, and roasted meat, augmented by toasted pecans, coriander, and resinous herbs. With rarified tannins and a vividly juicy fresh fruit presence, this represents an irresistible introduction to its genre for immediate enjoyment, yet the structure here is tightly-enough knit, the balance impeccable, the entire performance loaded with energy, so I see no reason to doubt that this amazing value will be a delight 2-3 years from now as well.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Here is a wine for those who enjoy a taste of the terroir, or micro-climate, of France's warm Côtes du Roussillon area south of the Rhone Valley. The blend of Grenache, Syrah, and bush-vine Carignan offers aromas of fig, earth, and dark berry with enticing flavors of stone, soil, under-ripe plum and a pleasing minerality which eases visions of rocky landscapes, flourishing vineyards, and townsfolk sipping wine in music-filled cafés near the Mediterranean Sea. The moderate tannins suggest a balanced wine and a treasure for seekers of traditional Roussillon wine. Highly recommended.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Supple and spicy, with plush flavors of red plum, dark cherry, dark chocolate and spice. This has fine-grained tannins and plenty of structure, finishing with mineral and graphite. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Michel Chapoutier's outpost in the Roussillon is worthy of a detour. The 2005 Vignes de Bila Haut seems dominated by Grenache with plenty of kirsch liqueur, spice box, and resiny pine forest notes. It is a medium-bodied, elegant, fresh wine to drink over the next 5-6 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This juicy red shows crushed red fruit flavors that are supple and lively. Damson plum and violet notes fill the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 10/24/2012

This lithe, powerful red offers concentrated 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/10/2013

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 readersandrsquo; 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.


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