2009 Bila Haut (Chapoutier) Cotes du Roussillon Villages Occultum Lapidem
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2011
From Grenache Carignan and Syrah planted in a mixture of gneiss schist and chalk and vinified half each in tank and barrel (demi-muids as well as barriques) the 2009 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum... From Grenache Carignan and Syrah planted in a mixture of gneiss schist and chalk and vinified half each in tank and barrel (demi-muids as well as barriques) the 2009 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem - due to have been bottled in May - is scented with rosemary sage blackberry mulberry which are joined on a rich expansive palate by marrow-rich meatiness and a striking saline iodine-tinged savor that I can only liken to shrimp shell reduction. (It there's a wine for "surf 'n turf" it's this.) The sense of clarity brightness and energy here is utterly infectious and the combination of pure dark fruits invigoratingly pungent smokiness and saliva-inducing salinity is bound to induce hunger - among other things for the next sip. Look for at least ten or a dozen years of stimulating acquaintance.
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Devon Magee - JJ Buckley, May 2012
A serious southern France rival to Chateauneuf-du-Pape the 2009 Bila-Haut 'Occultum Lapidem' reveals earthy cigar tobacco black cherry and ripe plum accented by a touch of rose petal. On the palate pure focused flavors of... A serious southern France rival to Chateauneuf-du-Pape the 2009 Bila-Haut 'Occultum Lapidem' reveals earthy cigar tobacco black cherry and ripe plum accented by a touch of rose petal. On the palate pure focused flavors of juicy black fruit are wrapped in meaty herb-roasted muscularity with a touch of crushed mineral. An excellent accompaniment to any number of dishes this will only improve with another 2-3 years of cellaring and provide enjoyment for the next decade.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Languedoc Roussillon
Sub-region Cotes du Roussillon
Vintage 2009

Winery

Bila Haut (Chapoutier)

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

The Roussillon history is complex and compelling, and has at times been quite violent. Terraces are on stony soil, with a rich geological background and a climate that man has adopted for his crops. Michel Chapoutier decided to locate his domain at Latour de France for its black and brown schist soil to give the wine a solar touch, Gneiss for minerality and freshness, and a combination of limestone and chalk for strength and balance.

Three varieties of grapes grow on the land covered by Domaine de Bila-Haut: Syrah, with its savage aromas of scrub and spice, Grenache, so full of surprises, and Carignan, for mineral wines with crispy tannic notes. The “Vignes de Bila-Haut” and the “Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem” are the main expressions of this terroir. However, Michel Chapoutier wanted to obtain more via this site, to seize the quintessence.