Les Heretiques (Chateau d'Oupia)
Chateau d'Oupia VdP
100% Carignon (breaking the rules in Minervois - since Carignon must be blended to have the designation "Minervois" - hence, the "Heretiques"). This one has lovely fruit and earth.
Robert Parker has consistently praised this estate and rated the wine a “best buy.” He wrote:
“Château d'Oupia has produced the ideal bistro wine. Dark, ruby-colored, the wine is wonderfully clean and pure, with an exuberant personality, and gobs of rich, peppery, red and black fruit...Bravo to proprietor André Iché!”
André passed away in late 2007. His daugher, 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."