|Grape/Varietal : Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Terret Gris, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault||Color : Red|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Languedoc-Roussillon||ABV : 13%|
|Vintage : 2016||Natural Factor: Organic, ECOCERT|
Clos du Gravillas was founded in 1996 by John and Nicole Bojanowski, a Franco-American couple. The estate enjoys a stunning and unique location: inside the Parc Naturel de Haut Languedoc on 8 hectares of crushed, white limestone gravel sitting atop a 1000 foot-high plateau, surrounded by Mediterranean brush and scrub oak. The domaine is certified organic (Ecocert) and the vineyards are worked with care for the preservation of soil life. Everything here is done by hand: weeding, leaf-removal, bunch thinning, and rigorous field-sorting allow them to bring in pristine quality fruit. Pickers throw any grapes not good enough to eat on the ground. In the cellar the wines are ushered along in as naturally a manner as possible: native yeasts, no acid or water adjustments, no enzymes or additions beyond a tiny bit of SO2 at bottling.
The first thing one notices with Gravillas’ wines are a freshness seldom seen in an area where many wines top 15 or 16% alcohol; this is accomplished both through the cooling winds that come down from the mountains as well as a decision to pick at lower Brix to maintain balance.
John and Nicole’s passion is for local varieties from their corner of the Languedoc, particularly for Carignan, the grape they champion most strongly. With their head-trained, old-vine Carignan plot, planted in 1911, they’re creating benchmark wines showing the incredible potential of the Carignan grape when it’s treated properly. They’ve added almost a hectare of Terret Gris, a seldom seen indigenous grape, and also have plantings of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Macabeo as well as grapes like Syrah and Cabernet.
Certified Organic. 35% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Carignan, 15% Cinsault, 5% Terret Gris, 5% Counoise, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache. Extremely rocky white limestone soils on a high plateau at 300 meters above sea level. Triage done in the vineyard & hand-harvesting. Destemming and gentle pigeage (foot crushing). Native yeasts, minimal sulfur. A quick fermentation and aging in stainless steel with racking only before bottling gives this wine a lively, fresh character.
Pairs Well With:
Bourride à la Sétoise (French fish stew)
Theo Parrish - Solitary FIght