Chateaux Ollieux Romanis, ‘Lo Petit Fantet d’Hippolyte’ is made at Domaine Ollieux Romanis. A magnificent property with a huge winery nestled at the centre of its vines. The winery and wine cellar were built in 1896; these buildings were built from stone quarried from within the property and they still stand proudly today. The first parcel of Carignan was planted in 1896, and it is still used for the production of grapes today. The Carignan grape variety has become the leitmotif of the Bories family- Pierre’s mother, Jacqueline, who was the winemaker in the 1970s resisted all the hype that grew up in the 1970s around the Syrah grape and highlighted the Carignan grape in her wines. it is still the case for Pierre and his team.
Pierre always tries to include some Occitan words on his labels. Hippolyte means Little child and is the name of Pierre’s young son, who wanted to have a wine he could call his own. The label of this wine is a painting done by Hippolyte, with some help from his mother.
The cherry red of the Lo Petit has an intense nose with sweet raspberry and kirsch fruit. Despite its powerful alcohol (14%) and herbal undertow, it is perfectly in balance. We can recommend it chilled on a warm summer’s afternoon.