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