Chapoutier Bila Haut Blanc 2009

bila haut blancThis white is from is a relatively small and high altitude vineyard, from a fairly hot wine growing region by french standards (Côtes du Roussillon). So what you get is a wine with both warm and cool characters – lowish acid combining with a cool honeydew melon fruit. It’s both neutral and full, has a little spice and medium body, and a gorgeous earthy character hard to put my finger on – almost like biting into a piece of ripe brie. The blend is grenache blanc, grenache gris and macabeu – three varieties relatively unknown by new world drinkers. Everything is understated. Unlike it’s red brother (Les Vignes de Bila Haut), it will not recieve great acclaim – but it’s still a very drinkable white, albeit not for lovers of NZ Sauvignon Blanc.

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