Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wine of the Week: Ollieux Romanis "Cuvee Or"

This week's featured wine is from Boutenac, a relatively new wine appellation of the Languedoc region of southern France. Covering only a certain area of Corbieres, Boutenac is recognized for producing high-quality wines due to the alluvial soils, sandstone and shale which are all relatively poor in nutrition and provide excellent drainage - two qualities that greatly contribute to the production of high-quality wine grown here. The Corbières-Boutenac Cuvee Or is a blend of 40% Carignan, 25% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah. After a carbonic maceration using selected yeasts, the wine is vinified in new French oak for about a year. This cuvee opens with a smoking bouquet of ripe blackberries, cassis,  and vanilla bean. It delivers mixed berries and flowering garrigue notes on the palate, a silky, creamy and supple mouth feel, and hints of chocolaty richness on the lingering finish.

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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