Chateau d'Oupia is a 13th centurey castle and estate in the south western French area of Minervois. Andre Iche inherited the domaine decades ago and although he sold his wine off to other companies to blend and bottle, he took pride in doing the work himself and never joined the local co-op. 15 years ago a wine maker from Burgundy visited and was so impressed at the quality of Andre's wine that he convinced him to start bottling himself. Andre jumped in with gusto and hasn't looked back.
The Heretiques is 100% old vine Carignan. Half the fruit goes through whole cluster carbonic maceration while the other half is fermented in barrel with a 30 day maceration.
Aroma: The Oupia Heretiques has a bright fresh fruity aroma. There's lots of fresh cherries, raspberries, and it's dense enough smelling that I'd say raspberry jam as well. It smells fun and lush, with just a hint of somthing dark and deeper.
Taste: Yum. Yes, it's that kind of wine. Juicy, fruity, round, medium bodied; this is a fun straightforward tasting red wine. The Heretiques isn't that complex, but it's a very nice mix of smooth texture, tasty berry fruit, and supporting acidity that makes it refreshing and light on it's feet. In fact the acidity gives the wine just enough verve to make the berry flavors more vivid and nicely tart seeming. This is delicious authentic southern French summer red; it's refreshing and easy drinking but still with a unique slightly rustic character.
This is a great deal at around $11 retail. The Heretiques is available at the Blue Hill Wine Shop, Flock and Vine in Cape Elizabeth, Great Cranberry General Store, Rosemont Munjoy Hill, Rosemont Commercial St, the Cheese Iron, Morning Glory Natural Foods, Wind and Wine in Bar Harbor, and Vic and Whit's in Saco.