This wine is dark in color with lots of nice dark fruits coming through on the nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a smooth well balanced wine with dark cherries coming through and some nice dry pucker power that builds nicely in the mouth. It has a medium finish with some oak coming through. The alcohol is well under control! It is very food friendly! I quite enjoyed this one. I would give it an 89 or so. A good deal for the price.
From the LCBO web site:
M. CHAPOUTIER LES VIGNES DE BILA-HAUT CÔTES DU ROUSSILLON-VILLAGES 2008
VINTAGES 168716 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 15.00
Wine, Red Wine 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : D
Made in: Roussillon, France By: M. Chapoutier S.A.
Release Date: Jun 26, 2010
This wine was ranked #75 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list for 2009.
A muscular red, with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum, raspberry tart and grilled fig. The dense finish of dark chocolate is firm and focused, with smoky notes. Best from 2010 through 2014. Smart Buy. Score – 90. (Kim Marcus, www.winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2009)