M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2016
Domaine Bila-Haut is owned by the world-renowned Rhône Valley winemaker Michel Chapoutier. The estate is located in the Côtes du Roussillon of Languedoc, which borders the Rhône Valley and has many of the same grapes planted. Bila-Haut is an old vine estate that Chapoutier farms with biodynamic techniques (same as he does at his Rhone estate), and it is planted to Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. The cool winters, hot summers, low rainfall, and the local 'Mistral' (which is a drying breeze), combine to make a perfect climate for these varietals. All of the grapes are hand picked in the vineyards, and the bunches are de-stemmed upon arrival to the winery. The resulting wines are deep, rich and soulful, and beautiful to pair with roasted and grilled meats, beef stew, hearty, spicy bean soups or flavorful cheeses.
Look for a dark garnet-red color followed by a nose dominated by graphitic, leather, and then intense aromas of pepper, black fruits and herbs. The attack is rich, dense. Then the wine is fleshy and solar. The finish is sappy balanced by delicate tannins and a great freshness. The winery recommends to decant this wine. Aging potential: 5 to 10 years from the vintage.
|Region||France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Cotes de Roussillon|
Jeb Dunnuck"Deep ruby-colored, the 2016 Occultum 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."
Wine EnthusiastThis wine is initially quiet and reserved, with light blackberry paste and black-cherry tones that are spiced by hints of dark chocolate, licorice and turned earth. The palate boasts a firm, tannic structure and bright acidity, with flavors of tobacco, chocolate, black plum and blackberry. Herbal and spicy root overtones linger on the close.