2008 M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut L’’Esquerda

Starts out thinnish, then rounds out more as the evening progresses – and a little more the
following day. Some dark caramelized fruit dominates the flavors, with damson and leather,
too. Still a pretty delicate wine, with integrated tannins and a shortish finish. Nicer
with a meal than on its own. Drink with soft, earthy flavors like mild cheeses or lightly flavored leg of lamb. Recommended with reservations. BSE

WHO: Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut
WHAT: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan
WHERE: Côtes du Roussillon Villages L’’Esquerde
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: around $22 (media sample)