Les Hérétiques VdP de l'Hérault, Iché
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Les Hérétiques VdP de l'Hérault, Iché - 2021

Item # 32863 750mL

This 100% Carignan from Minervois in the south of France will knock your socks off. It is medium-bodied with a strong tannic structure and aromas of raspberries and blueberries. A definite food wine.

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This delicious, budget-friendly bistro wine is one of my go-tos for under $15. It's medium-bodied with some tannins, boasting lush blueberry and blackberry aromas with a hint of earth and spice--clean, pure, and easy drinking yet with a bit more character and complexity than other wines at this price point. Now for some medieval history. This wine is named Les Hérétiques in memory of Cathars persecuted during the Albigensian Crusade in the early 13th c. Catharism was a gnostic, dualist heretical sect which originated and spread throughout Languedoc in Southern France, the region where this wine is produced. Being an ascetic, anti-materialist movement I doubt many Cathars would have indulged in this wine, but you can pour a little out in their honor.

- SJF

Glossary

Carignan

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