TN: Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem Cotes du Rousillon Villages 2007

Color: Dark ruby, clean and clear to the rim.

Nose: Black fruits, minerals, floral notes, licorice, alcohol

Palate: Black fruits, prunes and plums with really low RS, lots of mineral notes, a little heat from the alcohol, tannins are medium aggressive with fine grains and good ripeness, acidity is medium, finish is long with ripe fruit.

Overall perception: Drink it now or cellar it short term. It is impressive with it’s complexity for such a ripe wine. This is Michel Chapoutier even though the name is absent from the label. The back label makes mention of a known Rhone producer making this wine and there is braille on the front label. At about a $20.00 retail, it is a winner.


I believe this is the first vintage where Chapoutier’s name is not on the label. We have been selling this wine since the 2003 vintage.

I already went through a case of the 04 that was a solid $14.00 wine.

Yeah, when I offered the 2007 for $20, a client reminded me that he paid $15 for previous vintages from us.

Thanks for the note and the info guys. Love wines from this region.