Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2020

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Olivier tells me that the best Châteauneufs come from old vines. Olivier only has old vines - so Grenache makes up the majority (90%) of this blend. 10% of Syrah is added for extra oomph and power.

The average age of the vines is 85 years. And you can taste the concentration and complexity in every sip.

It’s a blend of a few of Olivier’s favourite vineyards dotted around Châteauneuf - some are on sand, others on pebbles, and others on limestone. Olivier is searching for great balance when he puts this wine together.

One sniff and you know you’re looking at something serious - there’s lovely bright red fruit, but also a herbaceousness and earthiness that makes you want to dive straight in. Then on the palate, it’s weighty, dense and juicy, with lovely lifted aromas.

It’s amazingly approachable for a Châteauneuf so young - so grab a couple of bottles, drink one and stick the other away for a while!
Wine type Red
Grape(s) 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah
Country France
Region of origin Vallee du Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf du Pape
Vintage 2020
Alcohol % 15%
Oak? Yes, 100%
Months in Oak 12 months
Type of Oak 400L
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 100 years
Average altitude of vines (m) -
Soil type(s) Rolled pebbles, sand, and limestone clay
Closure Type Cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced?
Suitable for vegans?
Ageing potential 10-15 years
Ideal drinking window 2029-2033

Olivier Hillaire has two big passions in life - wine and rugby. He modestly tells me he played at a ‘reasonable’ level - for Grenoble and Bayonne in the Top 14 equivalent back then. Of course rugby wasn’t professional back then, so he’s been a winemaker since the age of 18, growing up on his parents’ vineyard. 

Read more about Olivier.

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