2007 Bila Haut (Chapoutier) Cotes du Roussillon Visitare Interiore Terrae
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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$59.94

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Reg: $114.94

$59.94

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2009
The 2007 Cotes du Roussillon Visitare Interiore Terrae is utterly compelling. Made from the same blend the greatness of this vintage is confirmed in this beautiful 2007. It boasts a saturated ruby/purple color as well as... The 2007 Cotes du Roussillon Visitare Interiore Terrae is utterly compelling. Made from the same blend the greatness of this vintage is confirmed in this beautiful 2007. It boasts a saturated ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of smoked duck roasted Provencal herbs black cherry liqueur cassis licorice and truffle. Incredible density a voluptuous texture and remarkable concentration mark this fresh lively mouthfilling wine that should age effortlessly for 20-25 years.While Michel Chapoutier produces some of the world-s greatest wines from single parcels of old vines spread throughout the northern and southern Rhone (see my ecstatic reviews of his 2007 and 2006 Chateauneuf du Papes in issue #179) he also has an impressive portfolio of value-priced wines that are often over-looked when this impressive producer is discussed. These are some top-notch picks from the southern sector of the region that all sell for exceptionally fair prices.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Vintage 2007

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It took Michel Chapoutier six years of standing back, observing and analyzing to give life to this precious and exceptional wine called “V.I.T.” which stands for “Visitare Interiore Terrae”. The wine is made precious by its blending of Grenache grapes from 70 year old vines grown on a magnificent plot in the heart of the ‘Garrigue’ scrubland conveying enthusiasm, richness and complexity, then blended with Syrah grapes, grown on the company’s most beautiful schist based land, and ripened slowly on vines grown on clayey limestone soil giving powerful, silky-smooth tannins.

V.I.T. has an elegant bouquet and a sophisticated flavor in the mouth, exceptional because it is bold, like the people who gave this land its identity.

Winery

Bila Haut (Chapoutier)

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

The Roussillon history is complex and compelling, and has at times been quite violent. Terraces are on stony soil, with a rich geological background and a climate that man has adopted for his crops. Michel Chapoutier decided to locate his domain at Latour de France for its black and brown schist soil to give the wine a solar touch, Gneiss for minerality and freshness, and a combination of limestone and chalk for strength and balance.

Three varieties of grapes grow on the land covered by Domaine de Bila-Haut: Syrah, with its savage aromas of scrub and spice, Grenache, so full of surprises, and Carignan, for mineral wines with crispy tannic notes. The “Vignes de Bila-Haut” and the “Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem” are the main expressions of this terroir. However, Michel Chapoutier wanted to obtain more via this site, to seize the quintessence.