Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2021
WineSpark Price €34.07
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!
|Grape(s)||90% Grenache, 10% Syrah|
|Region of origin||Vallee du Rhone|
|Appellation||Chateauneuf du Pape|
|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|
|Is this wine organic?||No|
|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.
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