2011 Olivier Hillaire "Les Petits Pieds d'Armand" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $80)

SKU #1133259 92-95 points 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.  (10/ 2012)

90-92 points 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.  (1/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Nice to know: "Besides making first-class wines, Olivier Hillaire is also the village's top baker." (Robert Parker, 10/2012) 15% abv.

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 15