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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Size Price Note Rating
Southern France Chapoutier 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 1 Case 75cl
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  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $25

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    David Schildknecht

    Issue Date

    30th Jan 2014

    Source

    0114, The Wine Advocate

    Imagining the sweetness and purity of diverse berry fruits found in the corresponding “L’Esquerda” bottling allied to the saline savor of the corresponding “Vignes de Bila-Haut” will give you an idea of what awaits from the glass of 2011 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem (for more about whose sources and vinification consult my review in this report of the 2012). There is, unsurprisingly, at least as much sheer complexity on display here as in any of Bila-Haut’s wine, with mace, vanilla, licorice, wisteria and rowan taking things in a sweeter and spicier direction than found in their other 2011s. Enveloping richness and an almost velvet feel – so fine are the tannins here – make for a soothing finish whose deeply meaty and salty savor hold my salivary glands in thrall, reminding me of the scallop-like sweetness possessed by some of the finest and most minerally-inflected of white wines. This sensational value should drink beautifully through at least 2025.  

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94
Southern France Cuilleron 2011 Viognier 5 Case Mag
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  • Antonio Galloni

    89

    Bright yellow. Fresh pit fruits and tangerine on the fragrant, spice-accented nose. Juicy and refreshingly brisk on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering ripe pear and nectarine flavors and a touch of bitter citrus zest. Finishes with good lift and cut, leaving spice and orchard fruit notes behind. - Josh Raynolds (vinous.com)

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89
Southern France 2009 Mas de Daumas Gassac 2 Case 75cl
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Southern France 2011 Chapoutier Ctes. Roussillon Villages Bila Haut 1 Case 75cl
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  • Imagining the sweetness and purity of diverse berry fruits found in the corresponding “L’Esquerda” bottling allied to the saline savor of the corresponding “Vignes de Bila-Haut” will give you an idea of what awaits from the glass of 2011 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem (for more about whose sources and vinification consult my review in this report of the 2012). There is, unsurprisingly, at least as much sheer complexity on display here as in any of Bila-Haut’s wine, with mace, vanilla, licorice, wisteria and rowan taking things in a sweeter and spicier direction than found in their other 2011s. Enveloping richness and an almost velvet feel – so fine are the tannins here – make for a soothing finish whose deeply meaty and salty savor hold my salivary glands in thrall, reminding me of the scallop-like sweetness possessed by some of the finest and most minerally-inflected of white wines. This sensational value should drink beautifully through at least 2025. 

Tasting Notes
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