Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Latour de France 2013
Slightly more ripe, voluptuous and textured than the more Syrah-dominated l'Esquerda, the translucent purple-coloured 2013 comes from the schist soils around the village of Latour de France. A blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Carignan that was harvested on September 15 and aged all in concrete tanks, it's a fabulous wine that offers elegant notes of red and black raspberries, roasted herbs, pepper, melted licorice and asphalt. These flow to a medium to full-bodied 2013 that has a full, layered mid-palate, beautiful fruit, fine tannin and a classically focused dry finish. It continues to freshen up in the glass. Buy this brilliant wine in the case and drink it over the coming decade.
Rating: 94/100 (Wine Advovcate)
Varietal: Syrah, Grenache & Garignan
Alcohol Content: 14.5%