Chateau d'Oupia, Pays d'Herault Les Heretiques, 2019

Red Wine from Languedoc & Roussillon, France
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The story of this winery begins when André Iché inherited his Minervois-based estate several decades back, and he immediately realized he had some special vineyards. The vines were old and located on rocky hillsides, but they needed a little bit of tender loving care. He nursed these old gnarly vines back to health, and began making wines from these old Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache plantings.

The Chateau d'Oupia d'Herault wines were immediately met with praise with Robert Parker proclaiming them producers of the world' best bistro wines. Andre’s daughter Marie-Pierre took over in 2007 and started producing this cuvee of mostly very old vine carignan and a bit of Syrah in honor of the Cathars, a peace-loving group of vegetarian Catholics who were proclaimed heretics by the church and thus massacred back in the 13th century. Memories run long in rural Roussillon.

What importer Bowler Wine has to say about this wine...

80% Carignan/20% Grenache. The Carignan vines average 40 years in age, with some of them being up over 100 years old. The fruit is sustainably farmed and harvested partly by hand and partly by machine. The Carignan remains in whole clusters and goes through a carbonic maceration in tank. The Grenache is destemmed and goes through a 3-4-week maceration in concrete vats. Fermentation is with selected yeasts. The two varieties are blended and aged in tank. The wine is bottled with a light, non-sterile filtration. "Les Hérétiques" is a nod to the Cathars, a heretical Christian group based in the Languedoc but wiped out by order of Pope Innocent III in 1208 in response to the murder of a papal representative by a Cathar supporter near Minervois. The castle which is the home of Château d'Oupia dates back to this time as well.

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Languedoc & Roussillon

  • Grape Variety

    Red Blend

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

Customer Reviews

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Joseph Delgado
Chateau d'Oupia, Pays d'Herault Les Heretiques, 2019 is unorthodoxly good (staff review)

Chateau d'Oupia, Pays d'Herault Les Heretiques, 2019 is unorthodoxly good. It's on the grab and go table, priced well under $15 and is unassumingly labeled, but what's inside is unusually good for the price. It has punchy, blue and dark fruit notes and texture without being cloying and overly rich; is interesting and nuanced and genuinely easy drinking. It's out of the ordinary in quality at an atypical price.