2008 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, AC Côtes du Roussillon-Village
The first wine of our meatfest. Let me explain first. I cooked dinner for friends, and devised a menu made up entirely of beef. A few different cuts, prepared the same way, with the idea that we wanted to determine the different tastes each cut of beef brings. For the first, a t-bone steak, sliced thinly by my butcher, seared and basted in olive oil and butter.
This wine was a great surprise. All the garrigue character of the Languedoc, exemplified in this bottle. An elegant and complex wine, with fine tannins, perfect weight and balance. The bouquet sings of flowers and Mediterranean evenings, wild and untamed. With the beef, lovely.