Solid values from the south of France
I apologize for the long silence. I was caught down in the rabbit hole of research only to end up with a cold.
The Chateau d’Oupia, Les Heretiques has graced our tables as a house wine many times in the past. The 2014 Chateau d’Oupia, Les Heretiques, VdP d’Herault is the latest vintage which continues to be released at a very low price. I found it a little soft for my preference but have no fear for only $12 you may purchase the rather good 2013 Chateau d’Oupia, Minervois. This wine blends vibrant acidity with black fruit, minerals, and even racy hints. It will drink well for the next couple of years so you can stock up. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2014 Chateau d’Oupia, Les Heretiques, VdP d’Herault – $10
Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is made from 100% Carignan sourced from 40+ year old vines. Half the fruit was fermented in barrel and the other half by carbonic maceration. Alcohol 13%. There was a soft entry with tart fruit before a lower-acidity profile of mulberry and red fruit became noticeable on the tongue. It did have a bit of a dry-cola grip and some liveliness. This might last a bit but really is a daily wine for now. ** Now.
2013 Chateau d’Oupia, Minervois – $12
Imported by Louis/Dressner. This wine is a blend of 50% Carignan, 40% Syrah, and 10% Grenache sourced from 50+ year old vines. Alcohol 13.5%. This wine started with a bit of vibrant acidity driving the increasingly black and mineral flavors. There was some midpalate relaxation as the wine took on weight. With air it showed good focus and even became a touch racy. *** Now – 2017.