M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Bila Haut 2014
|Appellation||Cotes de Roussillon Villages|
Wine AdvocateA 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.
Wine SpectatorTop 100: 2016, Rank: 51. Designation Smart Buys. 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. Drink now through 2018. 55,000 cases made.