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Domaine Olivier Hillaire History, Overview
Domaine Olivier Hillaire is one of the new kids on the block in Chateauneuf du Pape. The estate was born in 2007. When the well-known Henri Boiron retired as a wine maker, he sold the Southern Rhone Valley vineyards of his estate Domaine des Relagnes.
Olivier Hillaire, being the son in law of Henri Boiron, had the inside tract and purchased some of the land to create Domaine Olivier Hillaire. One of the first moves the young owner of Domaine Olivier Hillaire did was to bring in Philippe Cambie as the consultant. More than just your average winemaker, Olivier Hillaire also owns a local brasserie and a boulangerie in Chateauneuf du Pape.
Domaine Oivier Hillaire Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Olivier Hillaire has 3.6 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Most of that land is set aside for the production of red, Chateauneuf du Pape wine. .1 hectares is reserved for the production of their white, Chateauneuf du Pape wine. Aside from vines in Chateaueuf du Pape, Olivier Hillaire also owns five more hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. The vineyards are farmed using 100% organic farming techniques.
The estate produces 2 red Chateauenuf du Pape wines and 1 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
Domaine Olivier Hillaire – The wine is usually a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah, although from time to time, Cinsault has also been included in the blend. The vines are close to 65 years of age on average. The wine is aged in cement vat, old, French oak barrels and demi muids for an average of 12 months. About 400 cases are produced each year.
Domaine Olivier Hillaire Les Petits Pieds d’Armand – Produced from 100% old vine Grenache planted in 1899, the grapes come from a 1.8 hectare parcel of sandy terroir located in the La Crau sector. The wine is aged in a combination of cement vats and demi muids for an average of 12 months. Slightly less than 300 cases of this cuvee are produced in each vintage.
The production of Domaine Olivier Hillaire Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is quite limited. Less than 35 cases are produced each vintage.
Serving and Decanting Domaine Olivier Hillaire with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Lafond is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine Olvier Hillaire is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine Olivier Hillaire is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine Olivier Hillaire is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
As of 2013, Domaine Olivier Hillaire did not have their own cellars for the aging of their wine. At the moment, the wines are aged in a shared facility. However, they are in good company as Andre Brunel and Henri Bonneau also age their wines in the same facility.
Domaine Olivier Hillaire also produces wine in the Cotes du Rhone appellation from 5 hectares of vines they own in the region.
Domaine Olivier Hillaire Wine Tasting Notes
4 Vintages 9580 Views Sort Vintage - Rating
Medium bodied, elegantly styled with soft, fresh, light red fruits that will be ready to drink on release.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 850 Views
2010 Olivier Hillaire Les Petits Pieds d’Armand is stuffed with licorice, jammy blackberries and cherry. From 100% old vine Grenache, and when I say old, I mean vines over 100 years old, this concentrated, pure, kirsch, Provencal herb and peppery is lush and lusty.
Mar 21, 2012points - Tasted 4935 Views
This relatively new producer began making wine in about 2004. With fresh black cherries, earth, fresh herbs, leather and kirsch, the wine gets your attention. Full bodied, rich and lush, the wine finishes with ripe, jammy black raspberries.
Mar 21, 2012points - Tasted 1457 Views
Rich, fat, ripe, juicy, lush, concentrated and frankly delicious, the wine is all about its perfectly ripe black raspberry, kirsch liqueur, jam and spicy character. The finish really lasts and leaves a positive impression.
Dec 16, 2014points - Tasted 2338 Views