France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Narbonne

The wines of the Corbières and Fitou areas
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 03 February 2010
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Château Ollieux Romanis

Address: 11200 Montséret
Tel: 04 68 43 35 20 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:7:12N (43.11994)    Longitude: 2:47:14E (2.78726) 

This elegant 19th-century château is named after olive trees planted by Romans, which legend has it used to cover the picturesque property found to the west of Fontfroide Abbey in Corbières-Boutenac country, a few kilometres northwest of Montséret (off the D613 road to Thézan-des-Corbières). Jacqueline Bories has now handed over the reins to son Pierre who, together with Jean-Pierre Amigues are converting this 130ha estate to organics. There are 21ha planted with Carignan with the youngest vines 50 years old and the most senior dating from 1896 apparently. Their Cuvée Prestige, made from this old Carignan with Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah, exemplifies how attractive, concentrated and well balanced their reds are. Compare it to a €10 wine from elsewhere and feel smug that you discovered it here! Other highlights include Cuvée Prestige white and the seductive, oak-free, old-Carignan based “Atal Sia” (Corbières-Boutenac AC).

There are also a couple of gîtes on-site, one of which is offered as chambres d’hôte (€65 including breakfast), and plans are afoot to convert part of the farmhouse buildings into a small hotel and restaurant (should be completed by 2012).


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