Domaine de Bila-Haut, Occultum Lapidem, 2017 (Magnum)
Region: Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Bottle size: 150cl
Grape: Syrah, Grenache and Carignan
WA: 91-93 points
Notes: Vegan, Vegetarian
Great dark garnet-red. On the nose is graphite, leather, and then intense aromas of pepper, black fruits and herbs. The palate attack is rich, dense. Then the wine is fleshy and solar. The final is sappy served by delicate tannins and a great freshness. Approachable now and can cellared for up to 10 years
The Roussillon area was made for Michel Chapoutier and it was in Latour de France that he set up Domaine de Bila-Haut, on a combination of soils perfectly suited to spicy Syrah, fruity Grenache and tannic Carignan – key Languedoc-Roussillon varieties – basked in the southern French sun and freshened up by the coastal ‘tramontane’ wind. Black and brown schist give the wine the sunny ripeness, gneiss minerality and freshness and limestone and chalk strength and balance.