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BILA-HAUT 12 ROUSSILION BL
Item: #322022
Bottle Size: 750ML
WA: 92
$12.99
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BILA-HAUT 2012 ROUSSILION BLANC

WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Les Vignes de Bila-Haut representing, as usual, tank-raised Grenache Blanc, Macabeu, and Grenache Gris, some from chalky soils around Latour-de-France, but largely from granite heights in Lesquerde beautifully illustrates not just the ability of Roussillon whites to convey vivacity, juiciness and invigoration at relatively low acidity, but also the ability of the best growers and sites to render gorgeous whites despite the challenges of the 2012 vintage. More than that, it offers incomprehensible value! Peach fuzz, lime zest, mint, fennel white pepper, salt, alkalinity, and an ineffable and uncanny sense of crystalline mineral impingement all keep this juicy cuvee invigorating as well as intriguing, and it manages to at once envelope the palate in luscious pineapple and peach fruit while at the same time broadcasting shimmering, vibratory interactivity into a finish notable not just for its vibrancy and complexity but also its sheer refreshment. (Unfortunately, the 2011 rendition was omitted from the line-up I tasted in the spring because not a bottle was to be found at the winery and I subsequently did not have chance to track-down one.)"

This fantastic French white from M. Chapoutier is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu. A part of the grapes come from limestone and clay soils in the Agly Valley; the other part from granite soils at higher altitude (500m, later ripening sites). The grapes were hand-harvested, after pressing, the must is cold-settled. Vinification is performed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Ageing lasts a few months in order to keep all the freshness and enhance the minerality. 13% alcohol.
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