Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bila Haut (M. Chapoutier) 2008 review by (PB)


This Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignane has a nice medium deep black cherry/garnet hue with moderate bouquet of red fruit, some bright cherry though tightly wound.

Palate--White pepper, very tight on fruit--decant...Decanting doesn't help much but yields some subtle sweet licorice with earthy notes on the bouquet with the help of air.

This hails from the Cotes Du Rousillon (Midi region of the Rhone) and was given a 90 point rating by the wise folks at the Wine Spectator. I hesitate to go against the experienced palates of those guys but 90 points seems really generous. Even with more time--which it clearly needs--I don't see the potential for such a rating. At any rate-for $11 it is a decent experience so raise a glass! (Paired it with a really nice refrigerator aged strip steak grilled on the coals) The wine did not enhance the meal.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Respectfully, you're nuts. This wine is great with spiced meat and is, remember, $10. Find another $10 wine this good, and I will shutup. $10. I don't want to be rude, but to say it added nothing to your steak is probably not accurate. Did you notice the wine in a bad way? Then it added something....

At least you liked it, but it's good - c'mon. AND, it's from France, so the sulfites won't give you a horrible headache in the AM, like most Californias seem to do these days (even the good ones)....

PB said...

Sheesh--my friend, perhaps you disagree with my "personal opinion" that I didn't care for the pairing with my steak is a bit presumptuous. Don't take it personally. As you noted, I LIKED the wine. Lighten up and raise a glass.