Chateau DOupia Les Heretiques Pays De Herault Carignane
The wine is noteworthy for the label alone, a celestial map of the night sky. The name, Les Heretiques, is an homage to the Cathars, a pacifist Christian group that were massacred in Minervois in 1208.
André Iché inherited an impressive 13th century castle and a large estate in the barren Minervois region. Iché was 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. He expanded his vineyard holdings and now also vinifies several cuvées of Minervois with the best production, the Cuvée des Barons and Nobilis, aged in new oak barrels. He rebuilt the cellar, and is now contemplating buying and cleaning up some overgrown and steep terraces that have been abandoned since the late 19th century
A blend of 90% old vine Carignan (some date back almost 100 years) with 10% Syrah. This is a bold, bright wine with clean flavors of cherries, spice and plums
Tons of versatility here, but the idea of roasted vegetables and grilled chicken thighs just gets our mouths watering. Pork tenderloin with a cherry glaze would also be an inspiring match.