50% Grenache, 40% Syrah & 10% Carignan
It's quite a mouthful to say but this charming red from one of Southern France's greatest producers is well worth all those syllables. Coming from old vines in one of the hottest and driest regions in France, it finds the perfect balance between sweet fruit and savoury elements. It punches well above its weight.
"This wine, Bila-Haut by Michel Chapoutier, Cotes Du Roussillon Villages Rouge is one of those consistently good wines. This is the third vintage I’ve reviewed on this site, in part because they keep sending it to me but mostly because it’s really good every time I try it. It’s become one of those wines that when I need to pick up a bottle at a wine shop it’s an easy choice, because I know it will be good."
92/100 Jeb Dunnuck (2017 Vintage)
"The 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila Haut reminds me of an impressive St Joseph (despite having lots of Grenache in the blend) with its black raspberry, white pepper, and leafy herb aromas and flavors. It's seamless, elegant, and balanced, with both acidity and richness. Put this in a blind lineup of Northern Rhônes and shock your friends."
89-91/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2017 Vintage)
"Tasted as a prospective blend prior to bottling, the 2017 Les Vignes de Bila Haut was lush, creamy and generous. It's loaded with vibrant cherry fruit, framed by supple tannins and just downright delicious."