Variety: 60% Grenache; 40% Cinsault
Region: Languedoc, Cotes du Roussillon – France
Cost: $15 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Each of the varietals in the blend offers up their unique flavors to combine a refreshing and crisp wine with “high resolution” of flavors. The Grenache supplies the crisp mineral flavors with a hint of citrus in the lingering finish.
My Review: I don’t know about where you are (though if the news is any indication, it doesn’t matter where you are), but it’s been hella hot outside here in North Carolina. We’re talking two straight weeks of over 90 degree weather. It’s just miserable. It’s also a great excuse to drink some rose’, which leads us to our latest review – the 2018 Michel Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d’Oc Rose’ . Let’s jump in.
In the glass the wine was a salmon pink colour, with a bit of orange slashing through it. On the nose I picked up aromas of rose, floral notes, fresh fruit, and white flowers. On the palate, I got flavors of rose and flower again, with a hint of mineral notes and softly juicy berry notes that showed up as the wine started to warm.
My wife and I paired the 2018 Michel Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d’Oc Rose’ with black bean enchiladas, and I have to say, it was a great pairing. The soft floral notes, refreshing berry notes, and soft juiciness of the wine did a great job of cutting through the spice of the enchiladas, without being overpowered or overpowering the food.
For $15 I really like this wine. It’s a great value; it’s easy enough to sip on by itself, but it will pair well with a variety of foods, including some BBQ off the grill (which is seasonally appropriate). If you’re looking for something to beat the heat, grabbing a bottle of 2018 Michel Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d’Oc Rose’ chilling it down, and staying out of the heat is a good way to do just that.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.