In a nutshell: A delicious, dark and savoury, fruit filled red blend from St-Jean de Minervois in the Languedoc.
The lowdown: Only made in small quantities, this organic red blend contains at least 7 varieties featuring Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache, Terret Gris and Mourvedre and give modern, minerally and fresh take on an old school field blend wine. Aged only in tank, no oak is used here, it's crunchy and vibrant with ripe dark fruits with touches of savouriness coming through mid-palate and hints of spice giving an extra bit of interest on the finish.
When to drink: Just the sort of thing to drink by the glassful with a plate of charcuterie.
This is a fantastic little domaine based in the hamlet of Saint-Jean de Minervois in the Languedoc region of SW France. Founded in the 1990s and run by Nicole and John Bojanowski on completely organic principles producing wines "that talk and help make magic the moments with friends sat around a table".
The landscape is rough and rugged 'garrigue' Mediterranean countryside - very rocky and scrubby, so great for vines. There's a bit of a micro-climate here with the vineyards sitting on slopes at 300m above sea level that catch the cool evening breeze and therefore retaining great natural acidity. This is balanced by hot days in summer creating ripe grapes with good structure and depth.
In some ways the domaine is a bit old school, being on the smaller end of the scale yet growing 15 different varietals, quite a few of which have been there a lifetime. In 1999 they 'discovered' that they actually had 6 acres of old vine Carignan and from there on in a love affair with this historically forgotten about 'blending' grape ensued resulting in the big, powerful and deeply impressive 'Lo Vielh' wine.