Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wine of the Week - Château Ollieux-Romanis' “Lo petit Fantet d’Hippolyte”

This week's wine of the week, Ollieux-Romanis' “Lo petit Fantet d’Hippolyte”, can be a bit of a surprise! While Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah are usually used in more rich, fuller-bodied wines, this red is light and fruity with low tannins; which can be attributed to the use of carbonic maceration during fermentation. With its bright notes of juicy red fruits and a slight herbaceousness, this Corbières rouge would be a perfect accompaniment for vegetarian dishes, Middle Eastern cuisine, and roasts.      

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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