2016 Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde l'Esquerda

Year: 2016
Appellation: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Sporting a deep purple-almost blue-color, the sensational 2016 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde l'Esquerda has a northern Rhône-like minerality as well as notes of classic black and blue fruits, crushed flowers, ozone and licorice. Made from 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, all from granitic soils, it’s a rich, structured, full-bodied and age-worthy red that will drink nicely through 2026. The quality of this release continues to soar and there are not many values like this out there today." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Michel Chapoutier has built a world wide reputation in the Rhone but his vineyard and winery holdings are not confined to that area. He also has a great estate further south in the jewel of the Languedoc known as the Cote du Roussillon. Here, at Domaine de Bila Haut, old vines of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan are carefully cultivated using sustainable and biodynamic growing methods. In the hills of the Agly Valley, the Cote du Roussillon Villages area make truly unique and superb red blends. At lower elevations, a unique blended white wine is also produced. Here Macabeo, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris are carefully grown and vinified to produce an elegant, crisp, and mineral laden wine with lingering notes of citrus, melon and saline flavors.

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