2017 Domaine de la Bila Haut "Les Vignes de Bila Haut" Côtes du Roussillon Rouge

SKU #1377638 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila Haut reminds me of an impressive St Joseph (despite having lots of Grenache in the blend) with its black raspberry, white pepper, and leafy herb aromas and flavors. It's seamless, elegant, and balanced, with both acidity and richness. Put this in a blind lineup of Northern Rhônes and shock your friends.  (11/2018)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted as a prospective blend prior to bottling, the 2017 Les Vignes de Bila Haut was lush, creamy and generous. It's loaded with vibrant cherry fruit, framed by supple tannins and just downright delicious. (JC)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Praise for the producer from critic Jeb Dunnuck: "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... In short, these are fabulous wines that show classic characters (most are aged all in concrete) and represent incredible values. Don’t miss them."


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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/21/2019 | Send Email
This Chapoutier produced bottling has a consistent, slighly spicy, sweetly fruited profile year to year. On the nose, some slightly reductive notes also show sweet dark fruits, licorice and a subtly grainy, breakfast cereal quality. Red and dark fruit flavors on the palate, with hints of candied violets in the background, combine to make this a decent, inexpensive, fairly priced weeknight wine.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2018 | Send Email
The "Vignes de Bila Haut" comes to us from the Agly valley, grown on soils of gneiss and schist. Mainly Syrah and Grenache, and the remainder Carignane, grapes are hand-harvested, entirely de-stemmed, punched down, macerated 2-4 weeks and brought up in vats. Far more formidable than the price might suggest, this wine has serious dimension-- very velvety layers of dark fruit brightened by white pepper and herbs. A rich, medium-full body and a finish dominated by those herbal, more savory characters.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5
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