In My Glass: 2008 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Olivier Hillaire of Domaine Olivier Hillaire displaying his Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines at the 2012 Boston Wine Expo.

Olivier Hillaire with his wines at the 2012 Boston Wine Expo.

One of Glenn and my favorite winemakers at the Boston Wine Expo for the past two years has been Olivier Hillaire. Last year he represented the wines himself; it’s always a real treat to have the winemaker pour you a sample of his creation, especially when the wines are very good. This year we were no less impressed by samples of his 2011 vintage: the entry-level Vin de France; Côtes du Rhône Vieilles Vignes; Châteauneuf-du-Pape; and the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Petits Pieds d’Armand. His limited production of about 12,000 cases per year means that there is not a lot to go around, so when I happened upon the 2008 vintage of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape at The Vin Bin last week, I had to have it.





A perennial favorite: Domaine Olivier Hilliare from Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Perennial favorite: Domaine Olivier Hilliare at the 2013 Boston Wine Expo

Aromas of cherry, dust, and stone are the first to entice the nose, followed by floral notes, crushed raspberry, and almond. In addition to the cherry/raspberry fruit flavors, there is an underlying complexity with roast meat, sandalwood, and light toast notes. The palate is fresh and alive with light tannins, medium acidity, medium body, and some bitterness. A lingering finish dominated by kirsch and some hints of mocha. Very good.

At The Vin Bin in Hopkinton for $49.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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