2016 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, M. Chapoutier

Silky, intense and powerful, this is another not-to-be-missed gem from Domaine du Bila-Haut. Notes of garrigue and cherries combined on a voluptuous yet precise palate, with a finish that goes on for far longer than it should on a wine of this price.

Critic score
95/100
Pricing
Magnum
From a client
1 available
£65.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2030
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Magnum (150cl.)
  • Organic
    Bio-Dynamic
2016 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, M. Chapoutier

TASTING NOTES

Deep ruby-colored, the 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem checks in as a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 5% each of Carignan and Mourvèdre. It's one of the finest vintages to date for the cuvée and offers fabulous blackberry, currants, crushed rocks, and violets. Deep, rich, voluptuous and sexy, with an incredible texture, it's a screaming value to drink over the coming decade. It's just another brilliant wine from the Roussillon team at Chapoutier.

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
95/100
M. Chapoutier

The name Chapoutier has long been associated with the northern Rhône thanks to the calibre of their plots around the region, but it was only once Michel Chapoutier took control of the family business in 1988 that quality accelerated it to become the world-class concern it is today. Michel Chapoutier is undoubtedly one of the greatest winemakers of our time, and has successfully extended his business to include vineyards in the Roussillon, Alsace and Australia. But his Northern Rhône Syrahs and Marsannes of exquisite quality remain the main attraction.

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