M. Chapoutier - Bila-Haut Blanc 2016

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Tasting notes

 

Appearance: pale yellow colour with green tints.
Nose: the wine exhibits citrus aromas (lemon, grapefruit) with smoky notes.
Palate: fresh and very aromatic attack. The palate is round, with a great acidity (coming from the later ripening sites at higher altitude). A lot of freshness on the finish mixed with salty notes, which express the minerality of the wine.
Sommelier's advice: Stuffed squids
Grape variety/varieties: Blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Macabeu.
Harvest: Grapes are hand-harvested.
Soil: A part of the grapes comes from limestone and clay soils in the Agly Valley; the other part from granite soils at higher altitude (500m, later ripening sites).
Vinification: After pressing, the must is cold-settled. Vinification is performed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
Ageing: Ageing lasts a few months in order to keep all the freshness and enhance the minerality.
Alcohol content: 13.5

 

Purchased by Michel Chapoutier in 1999, Bila-Haut is located in the best part of the Languedoc called the Côtes du Roussillon. Historically the site was one of the first areas planted for viticulture by the Greek Mariners and has been continuously a wine region known for making top quality wines. The House of Bila, the translation of the name of the estate, was once a house of refuge for the Knights Templar, which is why their cross is symbolically used on the label. In the hills of the Agly Valley, 40+ year old vines are carefully and meticulously managed by an experienced team of viticulturalists, where sustainable farming and low yields combine to create the highest quality fruit. Wine is made in the vineyards, by paying careful attention to the plants and working alongside nature.