Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rating: ***+ $ Chateau Ollieux Romanis Red Corbieres Cuvee Classique, France, 2005 - Wine Review (BEST VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Chateau Ollieux Romanis Red Corbieres Cuvee Classique, France, 2005, a blend of 50% carignan, 30% syrah and 20% grenache, finished at 13.5% alcohol.  Family owned since 1872, this Corbieres red wine is vinified in a traditional style.

Original tasting, January, 2011:

In the glass: Medium brick red throughout.


On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this French red blend shows a chewy nose of sweet red fruit, strawberry and sand.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a licorice and pepper mid-palate, quite sweet, rich and round.  Simple at its core, the interesting blend of sweetness and pepper adds its own fascination.  The finish moves to a clean crispness lifted by some residual acids.


In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for the interesting terroir, making this a best value.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in a partially filled bottle:   Same nose, even fruitier and more evocative now.  The palate has mellowed some, now showing nice and round.  No rough edges, but it has lost a little bit of its character with the longer decant.
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Updated review, over a year later,   May, 2012:  Still medium brick red in the glass.  Soft, friendly, chocolatey nose.  Balanced deep red core on the palate, still shows the wild pepper, mingled with a gentle, soft cocoa powder.  Awesome.  Held up extraordinarily well seven years from vintage date.  Best value at a ridiculously attractive price. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Softer nose, light milk chocolate.  Light mid red on the palate, balanced and fresh. 


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