Lo Petit Fantet d'Hippolyte, Chateau Ollieux Romanis, Corbieres, France 2016
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Château Les Ollieux Romanis
Family owned – historic winemaking region – low yields
The region of Boutenac in the south of France has played host to winemaking estates since the time of the Romans.
While the lineage of Château Les Ollieux Romanis doesn’t stretch back quite as far as that, the estate continues to produce wines in a traditional manner that pays homage to the history of their region.
From vines located on a sheltered hillside, the Ollieux Romanis team produce a range of wines that focus on the typical black grape varieties of this region; Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, along with the classic white varieties of Roussanne and Marsanne.
Of particular interest is their ‘Cuvée Prestige Rouge’ blend which, along with the classic black varieties, features Carignan that is produced from vines which are up to 100 years old! Aged in oak for 15 months, it displays concentrated flavours of black cherries, cocoa butter and liquorice – a fine example of a wine which is suitable for both drinking young or ageing.
“Lo Petit Fantet” is a blend of old vines Carignan with Syrah and Grenache grown on limestone-clay. After a carbonic maceration, vinification is in cement without sulphur using indigenous yeast. Cherry-red with violets glints. Lo Petit has an intense nose with sweet raspberry and kirsch fruit, lovely balance despite its powerful alcohol and a herbal undertow. Try it chilled.