The 2018 Bila Haut Occultum Lapidum Cotes du Roussillon Villages is a superb blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 5% each of Carignan and Mourvedre from hillside vineyards in the Roussillon area of the Languedoc that are over 60 years old. The wines are made by Rhone rock star Michel Chapoutier who is famous for his gorgeous wines in Cote Rotie in the northern Rhone Valley. Michel purchased this property in the early 90s and has been farming these all organic and biodynamic vines to craft amazing wines that have received very high scores from the critics year in and year out. We are talking all hand-harvested, organically grown grapes from wonderfully stony vineyards.
This wine is a deep explosion of black raspberry, blackberry, and spiced dark plum fruits that is plush, dense, and luscious with a mouth-filling weight and a silky, gorgeously extracted character. Hints of smoked meat and cracked pepper dance with gorgeously pure dark berry and blueberry compote and this tannin luscious all the way to the beautiful finish.
Also terrific, with lots of cassis, jammy blackberries, crushed rocks, and pepper notes, the 2018 Côtes Du Roussillon Villages Latour De France Occultum Lapidem is medium to full-bodied, has wonderful purity of fruit, no hard edges, and a great finish.
The 2018 Côtes de Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem offers hints of grilled meat and oyster sauce, then raspberries, pepper and warmth. Medium to full-bodied, it's ripe but firm, needing another year or so to come around.
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