M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut L'Esquerda Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages 2016
Colour : The colour is intense, deep and steady.
Nose : It shows maturity with aromas of black fruits and warm spices. We find the soils of origin are revealed with floral notes (violet) which are lightly smoky. We can find the same aromatic notes on the Northern Côtes du-Rhône soils, which are the birthplace of the Syrah.
Mouth : The attack is both supple and powerful. Tannins are at the same time powerful and tight. The finale is fresh without any heaviness.
|Region||France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Cotes de Roussillon Villages|
Wine AdvocateSporting a deep purple—almost blue—color, the sensational 2016 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde l'Esquerda has a northern Rhône-like minerality as well as notes of classic black and blue fruits, crushed flowers, ozone and licorice. Made from 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, all from granitic soils, it’s a rich, structured, full-bodied and age-worthy red that will drink nicely through 2026. The quality of this release continues to soar and there are not many values like this out there today.
Wine SpectatorA savory, meaty red, with charred accents to the dried red berry and red plum fruit. Offers a mix of savory and sweet spice and olive flavors edged with grippy tannins lined up on the minerally finish. Decant. Drink now through 2021. 2,500 cases made.