One of the more polished, sexy examples of the cuvee, the 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem checks in as a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and the balance Carignan and Mourvèdre, aged all in concrete tanks. It boasts killer notes of black raspberries, cassis, pepper and licorice, with just a hint of chocolate appearing with time in the glass. This medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully textured red is an incredible value … (JD)
Gamy and herbal characteristics are front and center on the nose of this wine, supported by a fruity core of baked plum, black cherry and raspberry. The palate boasts similar complexity and intensity, with additional hints of graphite and crushed slate. The texture is round and plush at first, but a solid grip of structuring tannins unfolds on the midpalate and lingers long into the spicy, dark, licorice-fueled finish. *Editor's Choice* (LB)
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