Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wine of the Week - Chateau Ollieux Romanis Corbieres “Cuvee Classique”

Today's featured wine is one that can easily transition seasons and cuisines - and versatility is always a selling point in our book. The Chateau Ollieux Romanis Corbieres “Cuvee Classique” is blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah that embodies the part of Southern France where it's made. Jeb Dunnuck writing for Wine Advocate says of the 2016 vintage:
“The 2016 Corbieres Rouge Cuvee Classique is a textbook red from this region and estate. Made from 40% Carignan, 30% Grenache and 30% Syrah, aged in tanks, it gives up loads of ripe black raspberry and blackberry fruits, peppery herbs and garrigue to go with a mouth-filling, sexy, downright textured style on the palate. Buy a case and enjoy over the coming 3-4 years (I’m sure it will keep longer as well).” 

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. Les Ollieux is currently working its way to fully organic status, having dispensed with herbicides and pesticides in the late 1990s. Instead, they compost with marc, or the leftover solids (skins, seeds, pulps, pits) of the grapes and olives after pressing. The estate recently received its ISO 14001 certification, which sets out the criteria and maps out a framework that a winery can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.

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