Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: *** $$ Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, Codes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France, 2007

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By way of background, opening thoughts:  I just sampled a well-aged Cotes du Roussillon red blend that scored a whopping 4+ stars, so it put me in the mood for another aged specimen from the same region.  Not too many in the cellar, but I extracted this candidate:

Original tasting and review : This is Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, Codes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France, 2007, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled 8 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.

In the glass: Dark brick, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy fruit, pretty tired with faint hints of broccoli and vegetable stew.  From the aroma, seems like this may be over-the-hill.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact brighter than anticipated, but still soft and round in style.  Brings a full, generous mid-palate of blackberries, with some faint deeper charcoal elements.  Finish is swift and clean.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but it does not want to age for more than its current 8 years.  Drink up if you have it on hand.

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