Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Michel Chapoutier’s Les Vignes de Bila-Haut

I recently received three tasting samples from Michel Chapoutier’s Domaine de Bila-Haut, their property in Roussillon. The name refers to an old farm villa which was built high into the mountain slopes , among some old vineyards. The Domaine comprises 75 hectares of land cultivated under bio-dynamic farming techniques almost 150 meters above sea level. The Roussillon vineyards are located on terraces with stony soil, with black and brown schist, gneiss, limestone and chalk.

Les Vignes de Bila-Haut

Tasting Notes:
Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc Côtes du Roussillon 2013: 
Hand-harvested Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Vermentino (Rolle) and Macabeu grapes; vinified in stainless steel; pale yellow color with green tints; lemon, floral, and stone aromas; citrus, melon, floral, and mineral flavors with a subtle saltiness; ABV 13.5%; cork closure: SRP $13.

Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rosé Pays d’Oc 2013: 

Cinsault and Grenache grapes; vinified in stainless steel; pale salmon color; floral, blackberry, and stone fruit aromas; subtle strawberry, melon, and citrus flavors; ABV 13.5%; cork closure; SRP $13.

Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rouge Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2012: 
Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan grapes; vinified in concrete vats; dark ruby in color; plum, blackberry, and earthy aromas; blueberry, mocha, and stewed plum flavors; ABV 14.5%; cork closure; SRP $13.
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All three wines are distinctive, tasty on their own, but really come alive with food. Grab some bottles, invite some friends, and create a vibrant menu to showcase these wines. Great QPR to boot!

These wines were provided for review purposes - all opinions are my own.

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