2007 Olivier Hillaire "Les Petits Pieds d'Armand" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1051997 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blockbuster effort displaying lavish richness as well as extraordinary finesse, elegance, and freshness, the dark ruby/purple-tinged 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Petits Pieds d’Armand was fashioned from ancient vines planted in 1899 in the famed sector known as La Crau. Aged in tank and a few demi-muids, it exhibits sumptuous aromas of kirsch liqueur, spring flowers, licorice, the seaweed wrapper used in sushi restaurants called Nori, and hints of pepper and spice. Revealing enormous richness, purity, finesse, elegance, and impeccable balance, this stunning wine is one of the vintage’s most compelling examples of ancient vine Grenache made in an unmanipulated style with no make-up. It can be drunk now or cellared for two decades. (RP)  (10/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Shows the ripeness of the vintage, with a touch more intensity than most, as a wide range of inviting blueberry, plum, fig and boysenberry flavors are spiked with sweet spice, graphite and licorice notes. The long, rounded finish has great buried grip. Drink now through 2030. (JM)  (11/2009)

90-93 points Vinous

 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. (JR)  (1/2009)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 An outstanding wine that wears the vintage characteristics well, the 2007 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape is perfumed and nuanced with incense, licorice, kirsch, flowers and subtle garrigue aromas on the nose. The palate is medium to full bodied with an integrated, balanced character, a silky smooth texture and a long, rich finish. Lively acidity keeps the wine fresh and given the moderate tannin and upfront appeal, I’d recommend drinking these over the next 8 to 10 years.  (2/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark and glowing. Looks very healthy. Extremely complex nose – so much going on! Very archetypal Châteauneuf-du-Pape with hints of animal, leather and masses of sweet, ripe fruit. This one pretty much explodes – already. Go for it! It should give enormous amounts of early to mid-term pleasure. Very long with notes of tea leaves and real richness. Outstanding. 18/20  (12/2008)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape