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A meaty, densely fruit driven Corbières, the Cuvee Classique Rouge is a robust blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah from vines planted on some of the area's leading estates. The wine shows plenty of dark fruit flavours, a savoury complexity, and seductive hints of sweet spice. Full-bodied with wonderfully long finish, this is a superb example of what is possible in this region.
The Bories family have been making wine in Corbières for generations since they built their own winery and cellar in 1896 using stone from the estate's quarry. The Domaine is located at the heart of Boutenac. In 2005 it became the only Corbières sub-region with its own 'cru' status, so it is deemed by most to be the best of the bunch. In the 1980s, Jacqueline and François Bories expanded the vineyards but also kept and improved old plots.
Now Ollieux Romanis owns some of the oldest vines in the region. More than a third of their vines are Carignan aged between 50-100 years old, but they also grow Syrah, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre and other typical Mediterranean varieties. The family practises sustainable viticulture, although they haven’t yet achieved formal certification.