Domaine La Toupie, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Volte-Face (rouge) 2018

Appellation: Cotes du Roussillon Villages

Region: Roussillon

Country: France

Color: Red

Varietal(s): Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre

About The Producer

Jerome Collas’s domaine is located in the heart of Catalan country. He selected the name “La Toupie” or “spinning top” for the family heirloom that was passed down through his family for multiple generations, and the balanced style of his wines.

Terroir & Vineyard Practices:

Harvested from old vines of 50+ years-old. Yields are kept small (less than 20hl/ha). The Syrah, Grenache and Mouvèdre are sourced from black poor schist soils. The Carignan cames from Mediterraneen limestone soils.

Tasting Notes

This wine should be opened 1-2 hours before drinking. On first taste aromas of ripe fruits such as blackcurrants greet you and then intermix with the soft smells of scrub lands and tobacco. In the mouth a beautiful richness and elegant tannins, one complex, intense finale with spices and peppercorn. Serve with red meats, game and some stronger cheeses. Drink in 3 to 7 years.


"Volte-Face" means "U-turn", "spin round", quick change of opinion. He is looking for balance between the opposites, elegance and powerful, female and male mind, yin and yang, black and white. Only the ripest and most perfect grapes selected.Fermentation in steel tanks with controlled temperature, one month maceration. Extraction by pumping over and “pigeage”. Syrah grapes fermentation and maceration in French new 300L barrels. Each variety aged in oak for 9 months before being selected for the final blending. Light filtration before bottling in September. Only 1,800 bottles made.


  • 90 points - Wine Advocate: "A Syrah-dominant blend aged entirely in 400-liter barrels, the 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Volte Face deftly combines notes of blueberries, vanilla and peppery spice on the nose. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and ripe, with mouth-filling richness and supple tannins. It might lack a touch of concentration, but it's a charming effort to drink over the next five years. Drink 2020-2025."- Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate