M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Syrah Blend 2015

$27.99

95 points                                                                      A stunning value from the South of France!  The Domaine de Bila Haut "Occultum Lapidem" Cotes du Roussillon-Villages now available - limited. 95 points Robert Parker:  "A blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 5% each of Carignan and Mourvèdre, the 2015 Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem is another fabulous effort that’s overflowing with ripe fruit (cassis, black raspberry), licorice and smoked herbs characteristics. These all give way to a full-bodied Roussillon that has a big mid-palate. This medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully textured red is an incredible value and will be impossible to resist over the coming 4-5 years, and I’m sure it will keep even longer. ...I continue to be blown away by the quality coming from Domaine de la Bila Haut, which is run with the Chapoutier team. They’ve continued to grow these Roussillon releases, and even at the entry-level price point, the quality is stunning. The straight Les Vignes de Bila Haut, at $14, is a no-brainer purchase, and it’s made in enough quantity that readers should have no problem finding a bottle or more. The quality of the l’Esquerda continues to improve and I think the 2015 will be the best vintage of this cuvee to date. The top single parcel bottles of RI and VIT are made in tiny quantities, but these are up with the finest wines coming from the south of France. In short, these are fabulous wines that show classic characters (most are aged all in concrete) and represent incredible values. Don’t miss them."

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Ratings on Delectable

CaptainVino!

Very nice and complex. $25. Buy or hold.

Very nice and complex. $25. Buy or hold.

8.6

Allison Sidbury

Bold and tannic but easy to drink after a 1 hr decant. Smoke, leather, black fruit, savory herbs, and meat. This wine packs a punch, but in the best way possible.

Bold and tannic but easy to drink after a 1 hr decant. Smoke, leather, black fruit, savory herbs, and meat. This wine packs a punch, but in the best way possible.

9.1

JJ Lumia

Dense, chewy, and meaty with notes of blackberry, pepper, and chocolate ganache. Full-bodied and richly textured. Terrific wine and a terrific value.

Dense, chewy, and meaty with notes of blackberry, pepper, and chocolate ganache. Full-bodied and richly textured. Terrific wine and a terrific value.

9.3

Tree Kilpatrick

Funkytown. Serious B. O. Some plum sauce down below. Lovely flavors. Spice, herbs, and rose hips. Flavors hit the mark. Complex and complicated wine with attitude.

Funkytown. Serious B. O. Some plum sauce down below. Lovely flavors. Spice, herbs, and rose hips. Flavors hit the mark. Complex and complicated wine with attitude.

9.1

Mike Searby

Very powerful and long with blackberries. Intense. 15.5%

Very powerful and long with blackberries. Intense. 15.5%

9.1

Felicia Yixuan Hao

Round and complex

Round and complex

9.3

Michael Corcoran

First time trying this... it’s tasty. More full bodied than some of his others. Very nice grenache, Shiraz, carignan blend.

First time trying this... it’s tasty. More full bodied than some of his others. Very nice grenache, Shiraz, carignan blend.

9.0

Axel Finger

Very good value wine!

Very good value wine!

9.0

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