2007 Olivier Hillaire "Cuvee Classique" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

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91-93 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape (80% Grenache and 20% Syrah) is a full-bodied, heady, deep ruby/purple-hued wine displaying sweet aromas of black raspberries, licorice, and incense. With sensational purity and a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel, this lovely 2007 will drink well for 10-15 years. Olivier Hillaire has taken over most of the vineyards that once comprised Domaine des Relagnes, and has profoundly changed the wines from very good to sensational. The 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes are Hillaire’s finest wines to date."-WA #179, Oct 2008. 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Saturated ruby. Highly perfumed, spicy aromas of raspberry, Asian spices, garrigue and anise. Pliant red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, enlivened by zesty cinnamon and white pepper qualities. Finishes sweet, with a gentle snap of smoky minerals."-IWC Jan/Feb 2009. ETA Fall of 2009.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape