In a nutshell:
A rich, fruity and spicy old vine, organic Carignan from a small passionate producer in St-Jean de Minervois in the Languedoc
This is the top wine of Le Clos Du Gravillas and comes from a single 2 hectare vineyard of 100 year old Carignan vines. Nicole and John Bojanowski, the owners, kept them specially when they aqcquired the estate in the 1990s. Virtually no sulphur is used and the fermentation lasts around six months folllowed by a period ageing in 400 litre Allier oak barrels. The wine combines power and purity and the fruit is dark, velvety and truly delicious and seems to have soaked up a huge amount of minerals. The fruit is blueberry-ripe with liquorice swirls and hint of tobacco and discernible meaty undertones as it reaches the lively and lingering finish.
When to drink:
The fullness of the fruit and texture from the tannins make this good with things like a slow roasted shoulder of pork or rich breast of duck.