2012 Domaine Bila-Haut, V.I.T., Côtes du Roussillon Villages, M. Chapoutier

2012 Domaine Bila-Haut, V.I.T., Côtes du Roussillon Villages, M. Chapoutier

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2012 Domaine Bila-Haut, V.I.T., Côtes du Roussillon Villages, M. Chapoutier


Michel Chapoutier was not the first to be seduced by Roussillon, but few other visitors have the resources to acquire 75 hectares of prime vineyard and fewer still the skill to make from it a wine of real quality. VIT from Domaine Bila-Haut far exceeds that descriptor: it’s an immaculately judged blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan; as bold and beautiful as the landscape whence it hails.
A nose of cherry, black pepper and garrigue – southern France through and through! On the palate, muscular, moreish and brimming with ripe red fruit flavours which linger for a long, long finish. Something special.    
Will Heslop - Buying Team
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Maison Chapoutier

Maison Chapoutier

Michel Chapoutier’s range, which grows ever-more impressive, is the most complete dissection of the region’s styles and terroir. The domaine was founded in 1808. When Michel took charge in 1988, he became the seventh generation of his family to run the domaine. Since then, quality has soared, and he is now farming all his vineyards biodynamically and busily investing in new winemaking projects across the globe, as far-flung as Australia.

Chapoutier describes 2019 as a year of extremes, but an exceptional vintage that produced fine, elegant reds, and balanced, mineral whites. He feels the year’s heat has translated to intensity and depth of profile. Wines at the higher end of the range are built to age and will do so fantastically.

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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