2016 Domaine de Bila Haut "L'Esquerda" Côtes de Roussillon-Villages Lesquerde (1.5L) SKU #1378333

Price: $44.99

RP 94-96
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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    11/20/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I was fortunate enough to visit Bila Haut a few years ago when traveling through the Roussillon. One of their most striking vineyard sites, also a little different than the normal schist and gneiss soil types that make up most of the region, is the site that produces the l'Esquerda. This is all on granite. The wine is impactful, much like the hard rock that the vines sit upon. Lifted aromas of blackberry, lavendar plus a beautifully spice layered nose deliver a wine that has a much finer more elegant mouthfeel than its sibling the "Occultum Lapidem." Where Occultum is brawny and muscular, this is sleek and refined. I have tasted several vintages over the years from this winery and this is a standout among standouts. Worthy of a multi-bottle purchase!
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    11/20/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is a behemoth! And even better out of a magnum. Rich layers of black and purple fruits, sweet spice, and a heavy dose of tannin that grabs, grips, and takes you on a very pleasant ride. I tasted this wine several times over the course of 48 ours, and I kept proclaiming too early that the wine had hit it's peak. Flavors continue to evolve through the decanting process, giving this wine solid cellaring potential (at least 5 years). That being said, I certainly wouldn't say no to a glass now. Lots of earthy vanilla, wood tones, and a crazy long finish. Only 10% of the juice sees time in oak cask, which just makes the richness of the wine all the more impressive.

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