Domaine Saint Hilaire is a historic vineyard in the Languedoc a few miles inland from the Mediterranean. The area was famous for making excellent wines even as far back as Roman times but it was Baron Hilaire Reynaud who gave the vineyard its current name when he purchased it in 1817. Hilaire Reynaud was born nearby and joined the army as a junior officer. He became known for his skill and bravery, was wounded several times in battle and rose through the ranks to become a general and Baron of the Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte.
Since the 1990s the vineyard has been modernised with the planting of new varieties and the introduction of high-quality vinification techniques. Vincent, the head winemaker, has been making wines at Saint Hilaire for 18 years and knows how to make the most of the varied “terroir” provided by the hot Languedoc sunshine tempered by cooling sea breezes on the gently north-facing slope and sunny plateau of the domaine.
The range is quite extensive: the whites include fruity and aromatic Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay varietals through to the elegant and sophisticated “Advocate” and “SILK” Chardonnays which are gently aged in French oak barrels. The reds include a perfectly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot and a rich and spicy Syrah Grenache. Although not yet well known in the USA, the wines can be found in several Michelin starred restaurants and 5 star hotels around Europe.
Saint Hilaire is owned by Nick and Lisa Kent who are originally from the UK and USA respectively and are passionate about their wines and are investing to build the vineyard’s international reputation. The luxury historic manor house with 7 bedrooms, cinema room, library and living rooms with fireplaces, has a private pool and 2 ha park, is also available for holiday rental throughout the year. Especially for anyone wanting to assist with a harvest, they offer special harvest packages. The Huffington Post recently listed Saint Hilaire as one of 10 vineyards you must visit in the next 5 years. We totally agree. Domaine Saint Hilaire.