2012 Domaine Bila-Haut, V.I.T., Côtes du Roussillon Villages, M. Chapoutier

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Michel Chapoutier was not the first to be seduced by Roussillon, but few other visitors have the resources to acquire 75 hectares of prime vineyard and fewer still the skill to make from it a wine of real quality. VIT from Domaine Bila-Haut far exceeds that descriptor: it’s an immaculately judged blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan; as bold and beautiful as the landscape whence it hails. A nose of cherry, black pepper and garrigue – southern France through and through! On the palate, muscular, moreish and brimming with ripe red fruit flavours which linger for a long, long finish. Something s