Aimée, one of our resident value-seekers, is all about finding fine wine at all price points. Today she’s highlighting the 2018 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut duo from Chapoutier whose quality to value ratio is hard to rival. Both these 2018s are flat-out delicious! As Wine Cellar staff favourites, they are hugely characterful at a remarkably low price so don’t miss out as they’re sure to fly.
To Michel Chapoutier ‘the Roussillon is like the northern Rhône in Languedoc-Roussillon‘. Much like the Northern Rhône, the quintessential southern French landscape here is garrigue – low-lying scrubland on limestone soils. This unique terroir adds a wonderfully herbaceous and spicy character to its wines. Being from southern France, the wines tend to be generous, but refined and fresh. Each one speaks of its terroir perfectly.
The 2018 Blanc is tighter and finer than previous bottlings and oh so smashable. Almost Chablis-like on the nose, this is the perfect wine for sundowner aperitifs, dinner with friends or chilling by the pool. The blend comprises of mostly Grenache Blanc, part Grenache Gris and part Macabeu.
The 2018 Rouge is a blend of old-vine Syrah, Grenache and Carignan and bursts with cassis, smoke and earthy complexity. It has the perfect balance of crunchiness and juiciness, while being superbly well-structured. Beautiful to drink now, but it will age well over the next 5 years.
2018 is considered a great vintage in the region with Michel and his team describing it as excellent. Cool nights and warm days resulted in a trouble-free harvest with healthy, high quality fruit.
The Bila-Haut vineyards are organic and biodynamically farmed. These parcels, known for their stony terraces, steep, craggy limestone soils and low-yielding old vines, produce wines that show wonderful flavour and depth, balanced with a stone-like minerality.
Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc 2018
The 2018 Cotes Du Roussillon Les Vignes De Bila Haut Blanc offers a rich yet fresh style that’s going to shine on the dinner table. Crushed citrus, honeyed minerality, licorice, and a touch of quince all give way to a layered, ripe, polished white that has loads to love. – Jeb Dunnuck, 92/100
The 2018 Cotes du Roussillon les Vignes de Bila Haut Blanc incorporates small amounts of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, giving it a more floral, perfumed nature than past vintages. Lime, tangerine and peach notes round out the medium-bodied palate, which finishes fresh, zesty and briny. – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 89-91/100
Chapoutier, Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rouge 2018
The 2018 Cotes Du Roussillon Villages Les Vignes De Bila Haut showed nicely, with both freshness and richness, Clean blackberry, currants, violets, and a kiss of minerality all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium-bodied, with beautiful depth of fruit and a great finish – Jeb Dunnuck, 91-93/100
Aromas of black cherry. This wine is fleshy, well-structured with the warm and savage of soils of the Roussillon area. – Chapoutier