One such find is Chateau d’Oupia Minervois 2013 that has been on their list for several months now. Made with 50% Carignan, 40% Syrah and 10% Grenache grown on very old vines – some reportedly over 100 years old – this is a medium- to full-bodied and deeply colored wine that is slightly aromatic, nearly elegant, pure and well-balanced with a long finish of cherry and dark fruits. It is a very pleasant wine. An earlier vintage was described by Robert Parker as, “produced the ideal bistro wine” rated it as a best buy. A glass is just $9 at Public Services, at the lower end of wine bar prices these days. With a fair amount of pleasing fruit and not overwhelming acidity or earthiness, this might also appeal to many regular New World wine drinkers.
Minervois (mee ner VWAH) is not a name that rolls easily off the tongue for most English speakers, which might give some a pause when spotting the name on a wine list. Added to that, it the wine is from an appellation in France’s western Languedoc (lahn guh DOC) that is rather unheralded, if vast, wine-producing region without any famous names. Don’t let these concerns stop you from trying this enjoyable and eminently affordable wine. A glass might even taste better at Public Services.
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