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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon-Villages 2011
Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon-Villages 2011
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from schist sites in rocky Roussillon, the 2011 is a muscular, concentrated, wine that retains just the right amount of lift and freshness. Deep aromas and flavors of red fruits - cherry, plum, and fresh raspberry tart - gain complexity from notes of smoky earth and bitter chocolate.
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About Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier:

Domaine Bila-Haut is owned by the well known Rhone Valley Oenologist, Michel Chapoutier. 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 and is characterized by steep pebbly slopes rising from almost 150 meters above sea level. The soil has 3 components…Schiste, Gneiss and Clay, and the Grape varieties are Grenache, Carignan, and of course Syrah. The cool winters and very hot summers combined with little rain, and the drying Mistral breeze during the growing season is perfection for these varietals…in some respects better than in the Rhone Valley. The Domaine is located in the commune of Latour-de-France…just about as close as you can be to Spain, but still be located in France, with a great deal of history related to the Nights Templar, and the Cathar movement, hence the T in the title of the Domaine shaped like the Nights Templar Cross.The wines exhibit the distinctive pepper and spice of Syrah, but are bigger and rounder in the mouth, with great complexity coming from the Carignan and Grenache. Here is A Rhone producer getting the best out of the Terroir in Lanquedoc… a superb combination! And one of the best Wine Makers in France.