M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Rouge Les Vignes de Bila-Haut 2008

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Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Type Red Wine
Varietal Blend

Bila-Haut refers to the 185-acre farm villa in Latour-de-France bought in 2000. It represents Chapoutier's expansion into the Languedoc-Roussillon region. He was attracted to the region for its terroir, old-style ways, and an interest in making Syrah wines outside his Rhone comfort zone. Les Vignes de Bila-Haut was produced from grapes grown on the slopes of the Agly Valley. Deep garnet-red color. Aromas of black cherry. Full-bodied and well-structured palate.

Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan blend. The Chapoutier family first settled in Tain l'Hermitage (Rhone) back in 1808. They purchased a winery owned by Comte Monier de la Sizeranne and over time acquired a number of excellent vineyards. In 1990, at the age of 26, Michel Chapoutier takes over his family's firm and in 1996, Michel decides to incorporate Braille on all his wine labels. This innovative approach is a tribute to Maurice Monier de la Sizeranne, original owner of the vineyard where Hermitage La Sizeranne wines are made and also inventor of the first version of abbreviated Braille. Today, M. Chapoutier is the only producer to own vineyards in all of the major Rhone appellations, making them the leading Rhone producer.

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