Du fruit, un peu de chaleur, une petite dose de fraicheur aussi, il avait un côté facile, consensuel, sur les fruits rouges, presque gourmand! Cela dit, il manquait de personnalité, ça ne me parlait pas beaucoup... (Magnum)
Beautiful deep red garnet. In its drinking window. Rich and earthy with a gamey note. The Grenache is forward but yields to Syrah after some air, with notes of dill, sandalwood, and sour cherry. Mouth filling and a sweet ongoing finish. Better than some CdPape but overall rather lactic tasting. Would prefer more vibrant fruitiness in the acidity. Drink at a cool temp and within an hour of opening as the secondary flavors are less appealing than the primary.
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(Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem (Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Latour de France)) From a gneiss terroir. Latour de France is a regional village designation, not just marketing! This sees 50% oak. A slightly meaty and gamey aspect to the fruit here, along with some rubbery elements also. A polished start on the palate, quite supple, bitter and grippy, but then it clearly display that firm rubbery element again. Quite a rustic style overall, with big tannins and a drying feel to it.