2011 Olivier Hillaire "Les Petits Pieds d'Armand" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $80)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The ancient vine cuvee of 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Petits Pieds d'Armand exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, sweet nose of kirsch liqueur, incense, black raspberries, bouquet garni and loamy soil undertones. Full-bodied with luscious fruit, this beauty should drink well for a decade. This tiny estate, which used to be part of the Domaine des Relagnes, produces two cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape, the traditional cuvee from terroirs near Clos St.-Jean and Grand Pierre, and a 100% old vine Grenache offering called Les Petits Pieds d’Armand from ancient vines (nearly 110 years of age) planted in sandy soil. Besides making first-class wines, Olivier Hillaire is also the village’s top baker.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of candied licorice and violet. Powerful, even brooding for the vintage, offering intense cassis and bitter cherry flavors that become spicier with air. Finishes warm and long, with supple tannins adding grip.
100% Grenache. Dark glowing crimson. Sample is a little tired. Lots of sweetness and zest as well as all that black cherry flavour on the palate but I’m a bit worried about longevity. Very sweet yet beguiling. Dry finish.
Nice to know: "Besides making first-class wines, Olivier Hillaire is also the village's top baker." (Robert Parker, 10/2012) 15% abv.