Château d’Oupia Les Hérétiques
4 in stock
Region: Minervois, France
Grape variety: 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah
The first Carignan I ever tasted and still one of my favorites. Sourced from over 40-year-old vines and seeing half carbonic maceration. The fruit here is clean and pure, with aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, and hints of peppery spice.
Wrestler: Rip Rogers
4 in stock
More About This Wine
From the distributor:
Everyone talks about the new quality of wines from the Languedoc. For us, this doesn’t mean the ubiquitous varietal bottlings from irrigated flat vineyards but the wonderful wines coming from the best hillside vineyard sites in AOCs like Minervois, Corbières, and Coteaux-du-Languedoc. Château d’Oupia is one of the best.
André Iché inherited an impressive 13th-century castle and a large estate in the barren Minervois region. Iché, now in his mid-sixties and never a member of his village coop, tended his very old vines and made his wines but sold everything in bulk to local négociants. Fifteen years ago, a Burgundian winemaker happened to be in Oupia, tasted Iché’s wines, and was so enthused that he convinced Iché to bottle and market his production. Since then, Iché became an eternal twenty-year-old.
André passed away in late 2007. His daughter, Marie-Pierre, currently runs the estate. She’s been working with oenologist Laurent Batlle since 2008, who continues to make the wine -in his own words- “André’s way.”