The wines of Clos du Gravillas
Elegant, authentic wines from France's Languedoc


John Bojanowski

Clos du Gravillas is the project of Nicole and John Bojanowski, based on 8 hectares of organically farmed vines in the Parc Naturel de Haut Languedoc. Soils here are calcium carbonate and the altitude is 300 metres.

The project began in 1996 when Nicole (then Nicole Fernandez) arrived in Saint Jean de Minervois to plant Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre, but in 1999 she and John (who hails from Kentucky) got her hands on an old (1911) Carignan vineyard and some old Grenache Blanc and Gris. The focus is very much now on traditional Languedoc varieties such as these. In all, 15 varieties are grown.

These wines are really impressive, aiming at elegance rather than power, avoiding over-ripeness, and going easy on the oak regime.



Clos du Gravillas L’Inattendu Minervois Blanc 2009 Minervois, France
A white Grenache, this is gently textured and nutty with lovely fruit. Pure pear and apple, with a hint of melon. Fine and expressive. 90/100

Clos du Gravillas Sous Les Cailloux des Grillons 2010 IGP Côtes du Brian, France
An unoaked red blend of Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourv
èdre, Counoise, Grenache Noir and Terret Gris. Lovely purity here: this is a fresh, focused win with dark fruits supported by good acidity and some gravelly grip. 93/100

Clos du Gravillas Rendez Vous du Soleil 2007 IGP Côtes du Brian, France
A blend of Syrah, Cabernet, Carignan, Mourv
èdre and Grenache Noir, aged in barrel. Bright, fruity, intense and dark with some plums and black cherry. Lovely spiciness and a fresh finish. 92/100

Clos du Gravillas Lo Vielh 2007 IGP Côtes du Brian, FranceAA
A varietal Carignan, aged in barrel. Wonderfully vivid black fruits nose with a savoury, mineral edge. The palate is bright and pure with lively fruit, good focus and some grip. A lovely intense wine. 93/100

Wines tasted 05/11  
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