THE WINE SPY: Chateau d’Oupia Minervois Tradition 2007

By Beacon Staff

The Minervois (min-er-vwa) Tradition is made from 100-plus-year-old Carignan vines, with smaller amounts of Syrah and Grenache. The 2007 vintage in southern France is a virtual treasure-trove of complex, satisfying red wine at affordable prices. At under $15, the D’Oupia Minervois is a wine value “no-brainer” and should be purchased by the case for holiday entertaining. It will also gain complexity and nuance over the next two to three years.

Layman’s Review: This red wine is a star for the money. The flavor impressed my group of usual merlot drinkers prior to and during dinner. It has a light berry flavor with a medium body and great finish. We felt that it was unpretentious and it would easily pair with just about any dish.

Expert’s Review: This ideal winter “bistro” red smells of ripe cassis and blackberry fruit tinged with resinous herbs and toasted nuts. A rich, silky palate offers flavors of baking chocolate and roasted meats that combine with the enduring and textured finish so characteristic of this stupendous Languedoc vintage.

Professional Score: 90 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Specialty Priced: Starting at $12.99

Available at these fine wine shops: Markus Foods & Uncorked Wines.