91-93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“I loved the 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde l’Esquerda and this blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache comes from one of the most exciting terroirs in the Roussillon: the decomposed granite soils around the village of Lesquerde on the western edge of the Agly Valley. Destemmed and aged all in concrete, it offers loads of minerality and wet earth characteristics, medium-bodied richness, fine tannin, beautiful purity, and tons of black and blue-styled fruits. Reminiscent of a fine St Joseph, I suspect it will evolve nicely for 6-7 years, possibly longer.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
Michel Chapoutier’s 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.