Wonderful bouquet and smooth finish with lingering delicious aftertaste! A steal at this price point and can easily go for twice the price
I think Wine Advocate got it right on the nose with the 92 point score. For under $20 this wine has great potential and well worth the money. Recommended.
The 2009 M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem brings an old-world and rustic style with notes of ripe dark berries, wet loamy earth, underbrush, herbs, and even some spicy popurri florals, This really brings out the terrior with nice a fleshy character and coats your palate with beautiful fine silky structure. Everything finishes up really soft and fresh. If you are having roasted meats pull the cork on this for a great pairing. (Drink 2012-2017)
Wine Maker 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. It took him six years of standing back, observing and analysing to give life to this precious and exceptional wine called “V.I.T.” which stands for “Visitare Interiore Terrae”. Precious by its blending. Grenache grapes from 70 year old vines, grown on a magnificent plot in the heart of the ‘Garrigue’ scrubland. Enthusiasm, richness and complexity. Then Syrah grapes, ripened slowly on vines grown on clayey limestone soil giving powerful, silky-smooth tannins, and blended with Syrah grapes grown on the company’s most beautiful schist based land. An elegant bouquet and a sophisticated flavour in the mouth. Also exceptional because it is bold, like the people who gave this land its identity. The story is going on in 2008 and is now taking place near the village of Lesquerde. There, the land is made of high limestone based cliffs and dry soils over which the “tramontane” wind blows... Then Michel Chapoutier’s interest for this region rises again and new wine is born: “L’esquerda”. This outstanding wine is mainly based on beautiful Syrah and Grenache grapes from the nicest granitic terroirs. “L’esquerda”, meaning “the fault in the rock” in Catalan, is the faithful expression of a personality, of the identity of a region. Another discovery by Michel Chapoutier.