Michel Chapoutier is the ultimate overachiever. Not only do his thrilling single-vineyard wines set the benchmark for the entire Rhône Valley, but he also produces some of the best value wines on…

Michel Chapoutier is the ultimate overachiever. Not only do his thrilling single-vineyard wines set the benchmark for the entire Rhône Valley, but he also produces some of the best value wines on the planet. In 2000, his pursuit of great terroir took him to the village of Latour-de-France in Roussillon. Known for its stony terraces, the low-yielding old vines deliver minerality and complexity to Carignan, Grenache and Syrah vines.

The straight Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, at $14, is a no-brainer purchase,’ says the Wine Advocate on the rouge. It has also been included in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list more than 3 times in the last decade. The blanc is produced from north-facing slopes, with granite and calcareous soils, and is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu. Both wines show wonderful flavour and drinkability balanced by their beautiful minerality.

We’re offering the Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc and Rouge for R150 per bottle with free delivery on 6 bottles or more. In fact, the price has remained unchanged for the last 3 years! We also have Chapoutier’s popular Occultum Lapidem wines, through to his 100-point Ermitage Le PavillonSee the full list here.

My opinion is that Roussillon is like the Northern Rhône in Languedoc-Roussillon,’ says Michel Chapoutier. He and the rest of his team are quite high on the prospects of 2017s and 2018s as both vintages are being described as excellent.

Tasting notes:

Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc 2017
Bila Haut’s entry-level white is a super value. A blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Macabeu, Vermentino and Marsanne, the 2017 Côtes du Roussillon les Vignes de Bila Haut Blanc is plump, round and richly textured in the mouth, yet it’s also refreshing, with vibrant flavors of tangerine zest underscored by briny notes on the finish. – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 90/100

Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rouge 2017
A blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and the rest a mix of Carignan and Mourvèdre, the tank-aged 2017 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes de Bila Haut comes from several estates, mostly in the Agly Valley. Dark cherries and subtle spice shadings appear on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate adds hints of blueberries and chocolate. The tannins are silky, gently fading away on the finish. – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 89/100

 

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