2009 Bila Haut (Chapoutier) Cotes du Roussillon Villages Occultum Lapidem

  • Proprietary Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 92

Reviews for 2009 Bila Haut (Chapoutier) Cotes du Roussillon Villages Occultum Lapidem

WA 92
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.
JJB 91
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.