Throws a very heavy sediment. Slight browning and lightening in colour which is now a very dark pinky red. Meaty nose, very soft leather, strong floral notes (lilac?!). Fairly full body, meaty again, bell peppers, leather. This seems to have aged well, but I suspect that it has been well cellared for many years. Syrah, Grenache, Carignan.
My last bottle of this, and it was probably the best of the half case. This thing was full of spice, dark fruit, barnyard, and funk. This wasn't overly complex, but the flavors were perfectly forward in the mouth to do the job. And under $10, its hard to beat.
Nose of barnyard & underbrush, with undertones of soft black fruits. Nice balance of funky herb & black fruits on the palate. Smoothed out, but with rustic edges of tannin & earthy tones to keep it interesting.
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(Domaine de Bila-Haut Lesquerda (Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Lesquerde)) This cuvée certainly has a fresher feel than the Occultum Lapidem. This sees just 10% oak. A much cleaner character on the nose, quite perfumed in fact. Quite polished and fresh, a cleanly framed wine, with great acidity here backing this up. There is also some lovely fresh fruit vibrancy in the end. The style here is much more convincing and to my taste. Long and crunchy. Good wine.