We are totally hooked on the 2010 Cotes du Roussillon Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, a French wine from the Lanquedoc Rousillon region. Again, I credit the folks at Bottle King for drawing our attention to this wine. They were having a tasting this fall, including several other reds and this white (all from Michel Chapoutier), and I thought this one the baddest of the bunch and grabbed up several. Here’s how the big shots from the Wine Advocate describe it (at 90 points):
“A strikingly colorful aromatic display features pink grapefruit, peony, honeysuckle, and golden raspberry, all of which combine on a juicy, mouthwateringly saline palate, finishing with superb refreshment and length. What a fine introduction to Roussillon whites and terrifically versatile accompaniment at table this will make over the next 2-3 years if not beyond!”
Regrettably I cannot remember what we first ate with this–perhaps some Rosarios Italian pasta dishes?–but it’s become a favorite so it will surely get more play herein in the future. I’m just too much a neophyte to know if I should call this a Grenache Blanc or what?