2010 Bila Haut (Chapoutier) Cotes du Roussillon Villages Occultum Lapidem
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

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$27.99

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines so I will just list the wines my score and the... These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines so I will just list the wines my score and the region from which they emerge. They are of very high quality and deserve readers' attention. Hopefully my prose has convinced more than a handful of readers to try these remarkable wines from one of the most fascinating and compelling personalities in the entire wine world and one dedicated to the highest quality.
JJB 94
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, November 2012
An opaque purple core extends bright fuchsia rim. The bouquet is complex layered with notes of licorice incense fruit cake and blackberry liquor. Gobs of creamy dark fruit explode on entry supported by an undercurrent of... An opaque purple core extends bright fuchsia rim. The bouquet is complex layered with notes of licorice incense fruit cake and blackberry liquor. Gobs of creamy dark fruit explode on entry supported by an undercurrent of licorice tar and ethereal violet notes. Mouth-coating glycerin creates a rich texture bolstered by beautifully integrated (if persistent) tannins and an impeccable acidity which creates a lovely sense of buoyancy. This is fully loaded promising to gain more and more complexity over the next 10-15 years. A real knockout that deserves serious attention.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Languedoc Roussillon
Sub-region Cotes du Roussillon
Vintage 2010

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.