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3.8/5 by 4 customers
Rating : Robert Parker 91-93/100
« Even better than the Les Vignes de Bila Haut Blanc cuvee, the 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem Blanc is 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Vermentino that’s all from schists terroirs and aged in equal parts new, once and twice used demi-muids. White peach, spiced pear, stone fruits and lots of minerality all flow to a medium-bodied, elegant, pure white that has tons of class and length. It's a step up in price, but is a serious wine. » (Wine Advocate 2017 - Robert Parker)

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Winery :
Domaine Bila-Haut
Name of the wine :
Occultum Lapidem
Vintage :
2016
Appellation :
Côtes du Roussillon
Origin :
Roussillon
Colour :
White wine
Grape Variety :
70% Grenache blanc, 30% Vermentino
Terroirs :
Gneiss soils
Harvest :
Hand picked
Viticulture :
Traditional
Vinification :
Pressing and cold static settling. Alcoholic fermentation at 18°C including 70% of stainless steel tanks and 30% in mid-muids
Alcohol content :
13,5 %
Aging :
9 months in stainless steel tanks for 70% and in mid-muids for 30% with stirring
Appearance :
Golden colour
Nose :
Kernel fruits (apricot, peach) with floral notes delicately grilled. Minerality and complexity
Palate :
Fresh attack, mineral and complex. Well-balanced by freshness and roundness of the Grenache. White fruits notes with some vanilla hints
Drink from :
2016
Drink before :
2019
Open :
1/4h avant
Serve :
At 10-12°C
Food pairing : To be enjoyed with chicken tagine and apricots...
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Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

Wine rated (guide 2017) : 91-93/100 (Vin Formidable)
Vineyard rated : Recommended (Winery recommended by the Wine Advocate - Robert Parker)

About this wine :

« Mieux encore que la cuvée Les Vignes de Bila Haut Blanc, le Côtes du Roussillon Occultum Lapidem Blanc 2016 est composé à 90% de Grenache Blanc et 10% de Vermentino issus de terroirs de schistes et élevés à parts égales en demi-muids neufs. La pêche blanche, la poire épicée, les fruits à noyau et beaucoup de minéralité dans ce blanc mi-corsé, élégant et pur, qui offre beaucoup de classe et de longueur. C'est un vin sérieux. »



About the vineyard : L'avant-poste de Michel Chapoutier dans le Roussillon est un prolongement digne de ses opérations dans la vallée du Rhône. L'accent est mis sur les mêmes variétés - Grenache et Syrah, dans des proportions variables selon les terroirs - et la qualité générale est très bonne, les sélections parcellaires étant particulièrement remarquables pour leur excellence et leurs volumes de production limités. "Mon opinion est que Roussillon est comme le Rhône septentrional dans le Languedoc-Roussillon", a déclaré Chapoutier lors de notre dégustation de février dans le petit village de Latour-de-France. Lui et le reste de son équipe sont très optimistes quant aux perspectives des années 2017 et 2018, qu'ils qualifient d'excellents millésimes. Il est à noter que si Chapoutier produit principalement des vins secs en Roussillon, il n’a pas abandonné les styles traditionnels.

Guide Bettane & Desseauve des Vins de France

Guide Bettane & Desseauve des Vins de France

Vineyard rated (guide 2020) : 1*Star (A reliable production, recommendable, in line with expectations from the appellation(s))

About the vineyard : Michel Chapoutier, personnalité incontournable et prolifique du monde viticole de la vallée du Rhône, a beaucoup investi dans sa propriété de Latour de France (avec plus de 100 hectares de vignes, débordant sur d'autres villages comme Lesquerde, puis quelques parcelles sur la côte vermeille). Égal à lui-même en matière de perfectionnisme, il propose des vins abordables, offrant un bon rapport qualité-prix.

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3.8/5
by 4 reviews
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Rating without reviews of Mme SANDRINE N. Published on 06/03/2019
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Rating without reviews of M. DOMINIQUE G. Published on 20/10/2018
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Côtes du Roussillon stretches from the Corbières massif to the Pyrenees, covering more than 5,600 hectares (13,838 acres) in 118 villages of the Pyrenees-Orientales department. Among these, 32 villages may carry the appellation Côtes du Roussillon Villages, which applies only to red wines. Four particularly renowned lieux-dits (vineyard sites) carry their own sub-appellations: Côtes ...
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