2018 Les Heretiques - Pays d’Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
A blend of 90% old vine Carignan (some date back almost 100 years) with 10% Syrah. This is a bold, deep, rustic red with firm tannins. It’s funky and gamey with leather and tar notes as well as some dark berry and sour cherry flavors. The wine is noteworthy for the label alone, a celestial map of the night sky. The name, Les Heretiques, is an homage to the Cathars, a pacifist Christian group that were massacred in Minervois in 1208.