Imported Red Wines
Cotes de Roussillon Villages, FRANCE$46.99 Bottle
Impenetrable inky black core with a very deep dark purple black hue. Lifted aromas of black raspberries, liquorice and pen ink intermix with notions of graphite, fresh herbs and pepper. Full bodied, rich and powerful with a ripe chewy textural feel, the palate is engulfed with black cherry, liquorice and black raspberry flavours. Also present are notions of graphite, black olive, scorched earth and black pepper. Very stern in its structure with dry, firmly built tannins and bright acidity providing some muscle to counterpoint the opulent black fruits. Excellent power with a long chewy black cherry, black raspberry, liquorice, graphite, scorched earth and pepper aftertaste.
- Cellar 5 - 6 years (2024-2025)
- ABV 15%
- Closure: Cork
Cellar 5-6 years.
Deep ruby-colored, the 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem checks in as a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 5% each of Carignan and Mourvèdre. It's one of the finest vintages to date for the cuvée and offers fabulous blackberry, currants, crushed rocks, and violets. Deep, rich, voluptuous and sexy, with an incredible texture, it's a screaming value to drink over the coming decade. It's just another brilliant wine from the Roussillon team at Chapoutier. Drink 2018-2024.
- Cellar 3 - 4 years (2018-2019)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
Chapoutier’s Bila Haut Roussillon operations have produced a great buy from the outstanding 2013 vintage. Made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan it has a totally opaque black red colour with a purple red hue. The nose offers up ripe black cherry top notes followed by some black raspberry, a whiff of liquorice, subtle earth and spice. Medium weight the palate has a ripe joosy flavour profile of black cherries alongside some liquorice and black raspberry with trailing meaty like characters and spice. Dry finish with a slightly chewy mouthfeel and solid but fine grained tannins. Medium to long aftertaste of black cherries, liquorice, earth, dried meats and spice.
Cellar 3-4 years.
In bottle, the 2013 Vignes de Bila Haut checks in as a blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 20% Carignan, from a combination of schist and limestone soils, that spent 12 months in a combination of concrete and stainless-steel tanks. It has great aromatics of dark berry fruits, bouquet garni, pepper and lots of minerality, medium+-bodied richness and depth, and a soft, seamless and even elegant fell on the palate. It’s ready to go now, and will drink nicely for 4-5 years.
Jeb Dunnuck – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate