"The late Andre Iche was one of the first winemakers in the Languedoc to break from the local co-op, purchase his own bottling line, and focus on quality above quantity. Over three decades, he accumulated fabulous sites, often bought for a symbolic franc, which he converted into great vineyards. The great paradox of the area was that there was all that great terroir and old vines but no one wanted it - the wines sold too cheaply and no one really knew how to make the transition to quality rather than quantity. Andre was the only independent winemaker in the Oupia area, all his neighbors brought their wine to a coop and received pennies per liter. The winery is now run by Andre's daughter Marie-Pierre and winemaker Laurent Battle. The Minervois "Tradition" is a blend 50% Carignan (from vineyards up to 100 years old), 30% Syrah and 20% Grenache. It is aromatic, full and densely colored, with a long finish of dark fruits. The wine is elegant and balanced - it is both enjoyable to drink young and can age 5-7 years. Robert Parker has consistently praised this estate and rated the wine a "best buy." He wrote: "Chateau d'Oupia has produced the ideal bistro wine. Dark, ruby-colored, the wine is wonderfully clean and pure, with an exuberant personality, and gobs of rich, peppery, red and black fruit." This is the kind of great every day French wine Bayway loves to offer our customers!