2005 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1032037 92 points Wine Spectator

 Very perfumy, almost exotic, with lots of alluring mocha and cinnamon notes, followed by fruit cake, fig, linzer torte and lingonberry notes that all linger nicely on the bright finish. Drink now through 2022.  (10/2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Jammy red berry and cherry scents are perked up by a tangy mineral undertone. Well-focused, sweet raspberry and kirsch flavors are complicated by a gentle olive quality and finish with impressive sappy length. This is already delicious. (JR)  (2/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Elegant black cherry and raspberry notes emerge from the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape, along with soft tannins, a round, medium-bodied style, and good freshness, purity, and length... Olivier Hillaire dissolved his partnership with Domaine des Relagnes, he took one of their top vineyard parcels, Les Petits Pieds d'Armand, with him. Hillaire is a multi-talented gentleman as not only is he a skilled winemaker, but he also owns the finest bakery in the village of Chateauneuf du Pape. (RP)  (10/2007)

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Rhone Blends



- 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.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape