2010 Bila Haut (Chapoutier) Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de la Haut
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WA 94
  • RR 90
  • WS 90

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines so I will just list the wines my score and the... These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines so I will just list the wines my score and the region from which they emerge. They are of very high quality and deserve readers' attention. Hopefully my prose has convinced more than a handful of readers to try these remarkable wines from one of the most fascinating and compelling personalities in the entire wine world and one dedicated to the highest quality.
RR 90
Rhone Report - The Rhone Report, June 2012
A fantastic value Chapoutier's 2010 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut is a completely destemmed blend of Syrah Grenache and Carignan that's aged all in vat. It displays an upfront perfumed and supple array of earthy wild berry... A fantastic value Chapoutier's 2010 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut is a completely destemmed blend of Syrah Grenache and Carignan that's aged all in vat. It displays an upfront perfumed and supple array of earthy wild berry fruit garrigue saddle leather lavender and hints of minerality that leads to a medium to full-bodied supple and beautifully balanced palate. It has no hard edges possesses a seamless silky texture and a gulpable hedonistic profile that is hard to resist. This knockout value should be purchased by the case and consumed over the coming 3-4 years.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 2012
This lithe powerful red offers concentrated spiced cherry plum tart and blackberry flavors that feature plenty of spicy notes. A dark chocolate accent lingers on the firm moderately tannic finish. Best from 2014 through... This lithe powerful red offers concentrated spiced cherry plum tart and blackberry flavors that feature plenty of spicy notes. A dark chocolate accent lingers on the firm moderately tannic finish. Best from 2014 through 2018. -K.M.
JJB 92
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, October 2012
Opaque core with a bright fuchsia rim. This is very expressive with wonderful notes of crushed violets mixed with blackberry kirsch and fresh cracked black pepper. On entry ripe blackberry and plum are complemented by... Opaque core with a bright fuchsia rim. This is very expressive with wonderful notes of crushed violets mixed with blackberry kirsch and fresh cracked black pepper. On entry ripe blackberry and plum are complemented by savory notes of Provencal herbs and black pepper supported with persistent fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity. This is reminiscent of classic Rhone - great right out of the bottle but it improves with air into an almost creamy texture all the while maintaining its buoyancy and liveliness. Incredible value for price point - downright delicious. Enjoy now and through 2017+.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Languedoc Roussillon
Sub-region Cotes du Roussillon
Vintage 2010

Label

Bila-Haut Les Vignes de la Haut has a deep garnet red color and aromas of black cherry. It is fleshy and well-structured, with the warm and savage soils of the Roussillon area.

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.