M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2008 1.5L

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Deep, dark and seductive red color. Sumptuous ripe red fruits are enveloped by a twang of provençale herbs and spice. Scents of coffee and liquorice dominate the attack. The wine is very concentrated and ripe with warm fruit through the mid palate. The finish is long and rich in tannin. This wine can be kept for 5 - 6 years.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Appellation Cotes de Roussillon
Brand M. Chapoutier
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe Bila-Haut 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem - as usual, a roughly two-to-one blend of Grenache and Syrah vinified in large casks and tank - mingles pungently resinous herbs, tart-edged fresh black fruits, and beef marrow in a context of textural richness yet surprising levity and uncanny sheer refreshment for a red wine. "That's typical for the 2008 vintage after all," remarks Troullier of this wine's freshness, but I am also amazed to realize that it harbors a more-or-less normal alcohol for this cuvee of 14.5%, even though it acts as though there could hardly be much more than 13%. Persistently high-toned evocations of flowers and garrigue herbs as well as a mouthwatering salinity add to the allure and the finish here will leave your tongue delightedly tingling and panting for repeat sips. The pleasure from this amazing value should be replicable for at least the next half dozen years.

David Schildknecht, June 2011
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorOffers mocha and chocolate notes in this suave, full-bodied red. Quite creamy, with supple spicy notes that linger on the focused finish, backed up by a pretty array of fine tannins. Drink now through 2014.

Kim Marcus, 2010