The various estates that make up Chateaux Ollieux Romanis are situated around the village of Monseret in the heart on the Boutenac region of Corbieres (also famed for its local honey) and have been owned and run by the Bories family since the mid-19th Century. The elegant chateau is so called after the local olive trees planted by Romans while the cellars date back to 1896 and are hewn from the estate's quarry. Jacqueline Bories has recently handed the reins to son Pierre who oversees the winemaking and is gradually converting the 130 hectare estate to organics. The approachable 'Alice' is a blend of 70% old-vine Carignan and 30% Grenache Noir.
A youthful dark ruby with a concentrated and powerful nose of plums, blackberries and coffee. Round and open on the palate with fresh red fruit flavours and a pronounced minerality. The finish is short yet ripe. Try with baked ham glazed with honey, orange and ginger, lamb kebabs or duck rillettes.