“Olivier Hillaire has taken over vineyards that once comprised Domaine des Relagnes, and has profoundly changed the wines from very good to sensational.” (Robert Parker)
In 2006, after working at Domaine des Relanges for many years, Olivier Hillaire decided to branch out on his own when his former father-in-law, Henri Boiron, decided to retire. Olivier purchased a mere 20% of the vineyard and since then has used his experience to produce great wines, and his charisma to become a major member of the community. In 2007 Olivier also purchased a brasserie in Chateaunuef du Pape, where at lunch time you can see him serving the guests with the same engagement he shows talking about his wines. Among his plots, there grows Grenache grapevines that are over 110 years old, planted in 1899 and contained in this special bottling which he named after his grandfather Armand.
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93 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR“A very stylish, perfumy version, with alluring incense and black tea aromas giving way to a silky palate loaded with kirsch, pepper, shiso leaf and lingering plum skin notes. The long finish lets a hint of anise check in. Best from 2011 through 2022″WS
90 POINTS ROBERT PARKER “The outstanding 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Petits Pieds d-Armand is a generous wine for this vintage. Its dark plum/ruby color is followed by abundant aromas of garrigue, kirsch, pepper and raspberries. Medium to full-bodied and silky smooth with lots of glycerin, no hard edges and surprising depth and texture for a 2008, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years.”RP