2012 Bila Haut (Chapoutier) Cotes du Roussillon Visitare Interiore Terrae
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
Starting off the single vineyard efforts, the 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Visitare Interiore Terrae (VIT) is a blend of mostly Syrah, with a small portion of Grenache, that comes from the schist... Starting off the single vineyard efforts, the 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Visitare Interiore Terrae (VIT) is a blend of mostly Syrah, with a small portion of Grenache, that comes from the schist soils around the town of Latour de France. It’s unfortunate that there are only 180 cases of this beauty to go around, as it offers a singular profile. Inky purple in color, with awesome black raspberry, liquid minerality, smoke and violets, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, laser-like focus and superb concentration. Fleshing out with time in the glass, it should benefit from short-term cellaring and have upwards of two decades of longevity. - Jeb Dunnuck
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Vintage 2012

Label

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.