50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Carignan from 60 year old vines in Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. The wine is aged half in cement tanks and half in 600L oak barrels (demi-muids).
Available for just $25.99 (Saturday Splurge) with free shipping on 6+ bottles (mix & match) at Marketview Liquor (SRP of $30). Imported by HB Wine Merchants. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
“The complexity of Bila-Haut reflects the diverse terroirs and the wind of the Midi. By meticulously hand harvesting the best grapes from the best vineyards of the Roussillon, a well known Rhone producer has transformed his magic to the Languedoc and created a wine with finesse. Rich and well structured, the palate is characterized by black cherry, herb and spice flavours, making it a wonderful partner for roasts, grills, pasta and mature cheese.
Occultum Lapidem means “Hidden Gem” in Latin, and this blend from the Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France region certainly fits the bill — although that may not be the case now that the word is out! The Cotes du Roussillon region is set up similarly to the Cotes du Rhone, in that wines that bear the Cotes du Roussillon Villages name are generally of a higher quality than the more generic Cotes du Roussillon label. Taking that one step further, there are also four villages (Caramany, Latour de France, Lesquerde and Tautavel) that have the right to also attach their name to the title, due to the even higher quality of wine produced there. Such is the case with today’s splurge from the well known producer Michel Chapoutier.
The 2012 Michel Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem begins with an excellent and very aromatic nose full of blackberry, plum, a little mulberry, garrigue (wild herbs), violets, a touch of smoked meat and licorice. Those excellent touches of wild herbs from the nose carry-over when tasting and intertwine beautifully with the juicy mineral laden fruit in this well structured wine. Smooth, firm tannins lead into the dry, slightly dusty and long finish. This one definitely qualifies for a Saturday Splurge!
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