Château d’Oupia Les Hérétiques Pays d’Hérault 2011

 

The celestial map on the label and economically friendly price of Château d’Oupia Les Hérétiques Pays d’Hérault 2011 caught my eye, the blend of Carignan and Syrah had me fancying it even more. Whilst preparing butternut squash ravioli with a Canadian cheddar, honey chèvre and cilantro sauce, I enthusiastically gave it a pour. In 1860 the Iché family purchased the 12th century Château d’Oupia. In 1969 André Iché renovated the vineyards and cellar, he was one of the first winemakers in the Languedoc to break away from the local co-op and bottle his wine. He focused on quality over quantity and played a significant role in propelling the region forward from being known for bulk wines to terroir driven bottles filled with distinct character. After his death in 2007, his daughter Marie-Pierre runs the estate in the same tradition as her father.

 

Inky purple with dark crimson highlights, after aerating aromas of red current jam on toast radiated from the glass. Jammy blackberry, blackcurrant and blueberry flavours were supported by rich earthy elements in the medium to full body. Gingerbread spices and earthy iron minerals comprised the moderate finish. Straightforward, brimming with fruit, earth and a pleasant food-friendly acidity, this is a fantastic value and wonderful companion at the table.

 

90% Carignan, 10% Syrah
Pays d’Hérault/Languedoc
France
Mis en Bouteille by Famille Iché
13% Alcohol
$10
Enjoy now thru 2014

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s