Corbieres Rouge Cuvée Prestige, Chateau Ollieux Romanis, Corbieres, France 2017


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Family owned – historic winemaking region – low yields

Château Les Ollieux Romanis

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 - it has been owned by the Bories family for generations - 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.

The Cuvée Prestige Rouge from Carignan vines (up to 100 years old) plus the usual grape suspects (see Classique blend) has concentrated flavours of black cherries, cocoa butter, liquorice and balsam. Aged in wood for about fifteen months this Corbières is impressive in youth, but could happily snort awhile in the Seven Sleepers’ Den.