2013 Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem

15 Sep 2014

2013 Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem

94-97 from The Wine Advocate and £10 a bottle*
'This beauty should not be missed' - Jeb Dunnock 

*£10 a bottle before tax; £14.46 inc UK duty & VAT

'Any project Michel Chapoutier is involved with seems to excel, and his Roussillon Bila Haut domaine is no exception.' - Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, 2014

Michel Chapoutier is most famous for his Rhone Selections Parcellaires, wines from top sites that express one terroir and one grape variety and are difficult to find. Less well known are his more southern wines, equally amazing bottles that are superb expressions of Roussillon, which has very different soils, climate and traditions. They are fabulous terroir wines and drinkable now. In fact the main difference is price, which is a steal, though availability is very limited. /CW

'A step up and an incredible effort, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem is made from a mix of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan that comes from schist and chalky soils. A serious, classically styled effort, it offers awesome aromas and flavors (blackberry, mineral and licorice), full-bodied richness and fabulous concentration that never comes across as heavy or cumbersome. Showing additional minerality and definition with time in the glass, this beauty will have 10-15 years of longevity and should not be missed. Drink 2014-2029. 94-97 points' - Jeb Dunnuck, erobertparker.com, April 2014

Offered subject to remaining unsold; available winter 2014/2015