Chapoutier 2010 Occultum Lapidem

It’s been too long since I’ve posted any wine reviews. Between the self-imposed financial austerity of my grad school years, and a liquor control regime in Alberta that I am only just learning to navigate, there simply has not been much to report. Perhaps that is finally changing?

Today, I picked up some M. Chapoutier 2010 Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages Latour de France. I am planning to decant a bottle tonight. Robert Parker gives it a hard-to-fathom 95-97 points! We shall see. If it comes close to that score, then this wine rates as probably the best bargain I have found in a decade.

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According to the Chapoutier website, the Occultum Lapidem is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The grapes are all hand harvested and then de-stemmed. Extraction is carried out by punching the cap during maceration (lasting at least four weeks). 14% alcohol. Retails for 13,50 €. I paid CAD $25.99.