Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge 2014 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
90 WS / 90 WA
#51 Wine Spectator Top 100 List 2016
90 Points Wine Spectator: This red is supple and fresh, showing a mix of dark berry, plum, herbal tea and peppery flavors. Lightly grippy tannins frame the licorice- and mineral-accented finish. - GS, Wine Spectator
90 Points Wine Advocate: A terrific value that’s close to an even split of Grenache and Syrah (there’s 10% Carignan), from a mix of terroirs in the Agly Valley, the 2014 Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut was completely destemmed and spent eight months in a mix of concrete tanks and stainless steel prior to bottling. A fabulous value that will be hard to beat as a mid-week drinker, it offers lots of juicy berry fruit, violets, peppery herbs and damp earth characteristics in a medium-bodied, bright, fresh and elegant package. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming 2-4 years.
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. The straight Les Vignes de Bila Haut, at $14, is a no-brainer purchase, and it’s made in enough quantity that readers should have no problem finding a bottle or more. The quality of the l’Esquerda continues to improve and I think the 2015 will be the best vintage of this cuvee to date. The top single parcel bottles of RI and VIT are made in tiny quantities, but these are up with the finest wines coming from the south of France. In short, these are fabulous wines that show classic characters (most are aged all in concrete) and represent incredible values. Don’t miss them. - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
"Blue fruits, reminiscent of plum, blackberry, and blueberry, paired with 'savoriness' are the welcoming hallmarks of France’s southernmost wine region and this Syrah-dominated blend, mingled with Grenache and Carignan offers the aromas and flavors of each, plus notes of sweet earth, menthol, licorice, mocha, and 'the smell of summer rain on stone,' as Chapoutier poetically puts it. Pairs this red with fish, such as an appetizer of anchovy and red pepper, a Roussillon favorite." -Winery Notes