Special Purchase - DOMAINE DE BILA HAUT OCCULTUM LAPIDEM 2014

Just before the release later this month of the Domaine de Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2015 we have secured a small parcel of the 2014 at a special price. As Jeb Dunnuck of robertparker.com said at the time,

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"Slightly hard to read on this occasion, with some reductive notes (which can be a good sign), the 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem has terrific purity and freshness in its black raspberry, blackberry, pepper and rock-laced bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and fresh, with impressive tension, focus and tannic grip through the finish, it looks to be another superb vintage of this cuvee." 

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and he gave it 92 to 95 Points. He continued

"As to the Bila Haut releases, these continue to be tweaked, and the team here is slowly reducing the amount of Carignan in the blends (the same is true for Agly Brothers releases). It’s yet to be determined if these latest releases are better than the stunning 2011s and 2012s, but they’re certainly as good, and I think the cooler nature of the vintage worked beautifully for these wine. It’s not in bottle yet, but I think the 2013 Lesquerde RI might be the greatest wine made from the region to date. The team here also loves their 2014s, and while I wasn't able to taste extensively from the vintage, these barrel samples were at the top of what I tasted. While the top releases are made in miniscule quantities, the lower-tier releases, particularly the L’Esquerda and Occultum Lapidem, should be readily available and allow readers to buy a bottle and taste for themselves before buying more. I think these are brilliant wines ."