Michel Chapoutier is the ultimate overachiever. Not only do his thrilling single-vineyards set the benchmark for the entire Rhône Valley, but he also produces some of the best value wines on the planet. ‘Any project Michel Chapoutier is involved with seems to excel, and his Roussillon Bila Haut domaine is no exception,’ says Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate. Chapoutier’s Les Vignes de Bila Haut is our most popular import and has been included in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list more than 3 times over the last 6 years. A delicious blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, the 2014 offers bright fruit, fine minerality and a fresh, savoury finish. It is a phenomenal bargain and more serious than the price might suggest.
‘The straight Les Vignes de Bila Haut, at $14, is a no-brainer purchase.’ – The Wine Advocate
We have also landed the 2014 vintage of Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem – a similar blend from older vines. Elegant and linear, it speaks of the Roussillon’s savage soils and shows terrific power and depth. It is drinking beautifully now, but has the structure to age well for a decade or more.
M.Chapoutier, Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014 – R 285
Another terrific vintage for this cuvee, the Syrah and Grenache-dominated 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem was harvested between the 12th of September and the 3rd of October with miniscule yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare. Completely destemmed and aged all in concrete tanks, its ruby opaque color is followed by complex notes of garrigue, leather, plums and violets. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered, with a great texture, this fruit-forward, balanced Roussillon is already hard to resist, but will continue drinking nicely for 6-7 years. – Wine Advocate, 92 points
M.Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila Haut 2014 – R 150
A 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 Advocate, 90 points
M.Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila Haut Blanc 2015 – R 150
What could be an outstanding blend of 60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Macabeu, 10% Marsanne and the balance Vermentino, the 2015 Cotes du Roussillon les Vignes de Bila Haut Blanc was harvest from the 1st to the 15th of September and raised all in stainless steel. Possessing fabulous notes of citrus rind, white flowers and distinct minerality, this beauty hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, bright acidity and a mineral-laced finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a total steal at 14 bucks. – Wine Advocate, 89-91 points