Domaine Olivier Hillaire Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes 2021
WineSpark Price €19.48
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.
|Grape(s)||60% Grenache, 40% Syrah|
|Region of origin||Vallee du Rhone|
|Appellation||Cotes du Rhone|
|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|
|Is this wine organic?||No|
|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.
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Was really taken aback at the smoothness of this Cotes du Rhone. Absolutely loved. Definitely adding to the next order and will put a couple behind for Christmas - will go beautiful with meats and cheese!
Hi Keith, delighted to hear you're a fan! A great one to have for the festive season. Thanks, Nicola
Full of flavour. Quite fruity. Easy and enjoyable. Definitely keep a few bottles on the rack
Beautifully balanced Very enjoyable to drink with plenty of fruity flavours
Absolutely beautiful with duck and with rack of lamb. If you can leave some for the second day where it rounds out to a beautiful balanced wine.
Bien joué, Olivier! You have captured the élan of Jean-Pierre Rives, the esprit of Thomas Castaignède, the finesse of Philippe Sella and the joie de vivre of Serge Blanco and put them all into this wonderful bottle! Merci beaucoup!