Dry, fruity, minerally, earthy, full-body red
Grape: 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% Carignan.
Region: Southern France> Roussillon> Cotes du Roussillon.
Note: Biodynamic organic.
Domaine Bila-Haut is owned by the well-known Rhone Valley wine producer Michel Chapoutier. The name refers to an old farm villa, which was built high into the mountain slopes among some old vineyards, located just about as close as you can be to Spain. 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 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 an A+ Rhone producer getting the best out of the terroir in Roussillon… a superb combination!
Recently rated by Robert Parkers’s Wine Advocate at 91pts. Pretty impressive for a $14 bottle of wine.