Domaine Olivier Hillaire Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes 2021

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Olivier makes this Côtes du Rhône in exactly the same way as his Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

  • Older vines, grown with organic principles and harvested manually - to promote the freshness and purity of fruit
  • A long fermentation in tank - to develop complexity
  • And a long maturation in oak and concrete - to add softness and structure.

It’s a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah - so you get the red fruit and juiciness of the Grenache, along with the spice and power of the Syrah.

I’d been looking for a great value southern Rhône red for yonks - and as soon as I tried this at a wine fair in Paris, I knew I’d found the one.

Wine type Red
Grape(s) 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Country France
Region of origin Vallee du Rhone
Appellation Cotes du Rhone
Vintage 2020
Alcohol % 14.50%
Oak? Yes, 25%
Months in Oak 9 months
Type of Oak 225L
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 80 years
Average altitude of vines (m) -
Soil type(s) Limestone clay and rolled pebbles
Closure Type Cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced?
Suitable for vegans?
Ageing potential 5-7 years
Ideal drinking window 2022-2026

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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