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

SKU #1378333 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sporting a deep purple-almost blue-color, the sensational 2016 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde l'Esquerda has a northern Rhône-like minerality as well as notes of classic black and blue fruits, crushed flowers, ozone and licorice. Made from 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, all from granitic soils, it’s a rich, structured, full-bodied and age-worthy red that will drink nicely through 2026. The quality of this release continues to soar and there are not many values like this out there today. (JD)  (4/2017)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/20/2018 | Send Email
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!

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/20/2018 | Send Email
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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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5