Comprising old-vine Grenache Gris and some Grenache Blanc and aptly named L’Inattendu, or the “Unexpected,” this dry white AOC Minervois has been called “a sort of rosé manqué” in that the vinification is similar to that of a rosé, but the result is a white wine. Clos du Gravillas L’Inattendu is dry and rich, with a good balance of green apple and mineral flavours, and an elegant mouth feel.
The key to Clos du Gravillas is the fantastic terroir in Saint-Jean de Minervois, and every year that passes one sees a sympathetic progression in the winemaking. One of the essential elements of terroir is soil, and Nicole and John Bojanowski specifically wanted “blinding white rock like that found at Aupilhac and Vosne- Romanée” – two places where Nicole had worked previously. In 1996, the couple finally settled on the tiny hamlet of St. Jean de Minervois in an area renowned for its delicious, grapey fortified Muscats. Gravillas means “gravel” in the local patois, and the white limestone gravel plateau that the Clos du Gravillas is located on has been used to grow grapes for hundreds if not thousands of years. The micro-climate assists the process of making great wines. Situated about 300 metres above sea level on slopes beneath the Montagne Noire the vineyards catch the cool evening breezes, allowing the grapes to retain more of their acidity.
Food matches: This biodynamic wine pairs well with white fish as well as soft and hard cheese.