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LES HERETIQUES 12 ICHE L'OUPIA
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Bottle Size: 750ML
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LES HERETIQUES 2012 ICHE L'OUPIA VDP DE L'HERAULT

André Iché inherited an impressive 13th century castle and a large estate in the barren Minervois region. Iché, never a member of his village co-op, 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. The results were excellent and earned a well-deserved “...bravo to proprietor André Iché...” from Robert Parker. 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.”

Les Hérétiques is 100% Carignan and a definite shining star of a wine. The nose is simply gorgeous: layers of dark florals and forward sweet fruits (cassis, blackberry, boysenberry) lead to a layer of spice, earthiness and cured meats. The palate is loaded upfront with silky tannins as black and blue fruits tango across the tongue. The ripe fruits are balanced by ample acidity and a nice spice element near the mid-palate. Finish is sweet, long and perfect. Carignan can be a tough grape on its own but when done right, as it is here, you get a wine rife with finesse, class and great taste.
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