Wine Spectator 85 points - Bottled in April not long before I tasted it, the Bila-Haut 2012 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut - as usual, a tank-raised blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan - offers juicy cherry and black raspberry fruit pungently and incisively seasoned with marjoram and black pepper, a meaty savor and mouthwatering salinity emerging on the polished palate and informing a finish of impressive length by any standard much less for this price. Such an outstanding value will serve you with distinction and versatility through at least 2016.
DOMAINE CHAPOUTIER 2012 CHAPOUTIER BILA-HAUT COTES DU ROUSSILLON VILLAGES
"An open-textured red, offering fresh-crushed red berry flavors shaded by notes of tobacco leaf, with a soft and juicy finish. Drink now." Kim Markus Wine Spectator 85 points