Domaine Saint Hilaire

Domaine Saint Hilaire

Domaine St Hilaire, Languedoc, France

The 175-acre Domaine has probably been producing wine since Roman times but it was Baron Hilaire Reynaud who gave it the name of his patron saint, Saint Hilaire, when he purchased it in 1817. The Baron was a local celebrity having risen to fame as an illustrious hero and general in Napoleon’s Grande Armée.

On rising ground a few kms from the Mediterranean, Domaine Saint Hilaire benefits from a sunny climate but is protected from extreme temperatures by the sea. Our 34Ha of vines cleverly use the benefits of our varied terroir – with their 35+ year-old vines on the stony plateau for the intense reds and the more fertile valley for lighter whites and rosé.

Their philosophy is to let nature naturally express the qualities of our terroirs and vines with low yields (c. 35Ha/Hl) and largely organic methods.

They are helped in our aims by the famous  Southern French winds – the Mistral, Tramontane and Marin which gently air the vines – keeping diseases at bay and reducing the need for treatments.

A mixture of hand-harvesting and the latest technology ensure our precious grapes are delivered to the winery in perfect condition. Our Head Winemaker Vincent has been making wines at Saint Hilaire for 25 years and runs the winery with a fanatical attention to detail. 

Chilling and setting in dedicated tanks and precisely controlled fermentation temperature and micro-oxygenation ensure that they retain the maximum freshness and fruit flavours in our wines.

Only the best quality French oak barrels are used to age the wines with a combination of new, one year-old and two-year-old barrels to give the perfect balance and not dominate the wine.