Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wine of the Week - Chateau Ollieux Romanis "Atal Sia"

This week's featured wine is a Corbières-Boutenac red blend from Ollieux Romanis. The Languedoc-Roussillon producer is on it's way to becoming Organically certified, while also harvesting 80% of it's wine manually, rare for an estate of their size. Atal Sia, Ollieux Romanis' high end cuvee, has received 90 points from both Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. The 2013 vintage is a blend of 45% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah, the three main varietals being cofermented. This blend has cool notes of pepper, herb, earth and a darker fruit-driven bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, with excellent purity of fruit and good acidity.

Located in Boutenac, just south of the village of Corbières in the Languedoc region, Ollieux-Romanis is now one of the largest privately owned wineries in Corbières, spanning some 130 hectares. Along with the Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne, all of which are quite common to the Languedoc, the Bories also cultivate Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Merlot, and Mourvèdre, the “unapproved” varietals going into their fun entry-level VdP label Capucines. Ollieux-Romanis is also currently working its way to fully organic status, having dispensed with herbicides and pesticides in the late 1990s.

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