Unique, delicious, authentic, joyful, organic and natural wines from the high causse in the Minervois!

Back in Stock - The Glorious Wines of the Clos du Gravillas in St. Jean de Minervois!

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Nicole and John Bojanowski at the Clos des Gravillas are making some of the most delicious, profound and just plain delightful wines in the South of France! Each of the wines in today's offer is simply beautiful. The whites range in style from the playful Mademoiselle Lily to the serious and mineral Retour aux Origines; the reds - from the profound glou-glou of Sous les Cailloux to the dark and stormy Lo Vielh Carignan; A Fleur de Peau is one of the most delicious orange wines you will ever find; the Jour de Teuf pet nat is pure fun in a glass, and the Douce Providence is indescribably wonderful. Try them alll - you'll be glad you did!

The high causse is a unique and stark terroir of white limestone and marine fossils northwest of Beziers. This dazzling landscape is reminiscent of the moon, and inspired their representation of the estate.

John and Nicole

"The 9 ha vineyard on the Causse, at an altitude of 270 metres, benefits from a providential coolness descending from the Montagnes Noires on summer nights. The very mineral landscape makes it possible to imagine the nature of the wines. Biodiversity is a watchword, we are within the Haut Languedoc Natural Park and in a Natura 2000 protected area.

Organic farming, of course. Agroforestry is practiced with the establishment or restoration of trees and hedges. An ideal "oasis" that serves as a refuge and creates havens of freshness. A living soil is essential to reflect a terroir and make unique wines. In addition to the biodynamic preparations, the vineyard is planted with legumes and grasses to create a mulch/ground cover and not leave the soil bare."

Autumn at Clos du Gravillas

Indeed the location is extraordinary - a plateau surrounded by hills and mountains, composed of solid limestone with "soil" of limestone rocks and fossilized seashells. John and Nicole are serious, experience winemakers who take advantage of this unusual spot to make profound wines of terroir that are both incredibly delicious and great fun to drink - in the true spirit of wine as a beverage to be shared and enjoyed. Here is a range of wines that is joyful and creative - we invite you to try them all! (Only available in the US at Chambers Street Wines!)

Gravillas vines on white limestone looking southwest towards the Pyrenees

All wines discount 10% on a case or mixed case. Pick-up/shippping available Wednesday 4/3

Gravillas 2022 Vin de France Sous les Cailloux, des Grillon

Sous les Cailloux, des Grillons, means "under the rocks, crickets" - made from Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache, and Terret noir, a red wine, frank and fresh—red fruit, fluidity and a touchof tannin. 8 days skin time for this blend of all our red varietals, aging in tank only. In St. Jean, the soil is only white gravel ; in our youngest vineyard, under these rocks innumerable crickets find shade from the scorching Mediterranean sun. At night they comeout to play (and during the day, they are under the rocks). The color is a vivid red/black, with fresh aromas of red currant, plum skin, rose and citrus, quite pretty. The palate is cool and silky, full and velvety with earthy plum, black raspberry fruit with hints of licorice and minerals with a nice chalky texure in the finish with refreshing acidity. The 2022 has a bit more weight and ripeness than the 2021, it's an amazing and delicious value - a perfect hamburger wine! Or with grilled veggies, serve cool and enjoy!

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gravillas 2022 Minervois Rendez vous Sur la Lune

The Clos du Gravillas Minervois "Sur La Lune" is a marriage of Carignan, Syrah and Cinsault on the lunar terroir of Cazelles. Vinified and aged in vats to give a tender and supple side. Deep and fresh at the same time, it smells of "garrigue." The wine shows a dark black/red color with aromas of lush berry fruits - black raspberry, blueberry - with citrus peel, floral notes, garrigue, dark chocolate and licorice, really lovely. The palate is deep, sapid and ripe but nicely balanced with red and black fruits, minerals and firm acidity. Each grape contibutes beautifully to this classic Languedoc red that is not over-extrracted or tannic, that can accompany grilled meats, stews, tagines and full-flavored cheeses. Gorgeous wine and a great value. David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gravillas 2021 Vin de France Côté Obscur

The Clos du Gravillas "Cote Obscur" is "a blend of Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon which gives a deep wine with aromas of black fruits, ink and leather. When the old scoundrels of Carignan meet the beautiful and dashing Cabernet Sauvignons from the mountains..." Very ripe black fruit on the nose whilst the palate hews more towards tart cassis and dusty earthy notes. Medium bodied with supple tannins;  an excellent wine for a wide variety of cuisines and dishes such as cheese and charcuterie, barbecue and hamburgers. Giselle Hamburg

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gravillas 2021 Vin de France Lo Vielh Carignan

 The Clos des Gravillas "Lo Vielh" is from Carignan planted in 1911 that was the first vineyard purchased by Nicole and John, who saved it from being torn out. "The vines demand a lot of work and attention, but they pay it back. The soil is exceptional, lumpy as desired due to a very lively humus and a perfect stony limestone on the Terroir of Cazelles. These vines give a wine that speaks with great depth and finesse, with notes of thyme and bay leaf." The aromas are really fascinating - blackberry, blueberry, fig and violet. It's dark and almost inky in color but medium/light in body, velvety and deeply flavored, and has great freshness, with ample acidity and a lingering mineral finish. This would pair well with most red meats but is particularly suited to anything gamey - the winemaker recommends coq au vin with guinea hen! It's a piece of Languedoc history that is unique and delicious - bravo to John and Nicole for saving the old vines.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gravillas 2022 Vin de France A Fleur de Peau

 "Our orange wine is a dry macerated Muscat (3 to 4 weeks) which combines the notes of Earl Gray tea, orange blossom and apricot. Perfect with roasted squash or mushrooms accompanied by smoked bacon. Very interesting with an apricot tagine. Also goes well with full-flavored cheeses such as raclette, Mont d’Or, tartiflette," "One of the greatest dry muscats in the world" said Decanter magazine. The high praise is warranted, as it strikes a captivating balance of subtle fruit - think lychee, citrus peel, and pear - with delicate floral aromatics that suggest walking through a breezy meadow in full bloom. Then just when you think you have this wine pinned down you get a rush of chiseled minerality on the palate, a welcome twist that gives it lift and balance while still retaining its airy weightlessness. On the second day there was an added layer of complexity, with some honey and deeper apricot fruit peeking through. The acidity is in perfect balance and even on the third day it was still singing, suggesting some aging potential. While it's not a heavy, powerful orange wine, it's equally compelling as it seems to shift in the glass from sip to sip - definitely a bottle worthy of contemplation!

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gravillas 2023 Vin de France Jour de Teuf Pet Nat

The Clos du Gravillas "Jour de Teuf" is a vibrant Pet-Nat made from Muscat Petits Grains grown in the rocky limestone vineyards of the Haut Minervois. The grapes are picked a bit unripe, then bottled after an initial fermentation with about 17 grams/liter of residual sugar, which then ferments and finishes dry with beautiful sparkle. This is a joyous and lively pet-nat, a hazy straw in the glass with just a touch of sweetness balanced by vibrant acidity. There's some apple fruit and a hint of earth but endless refreshment. Upon tasting we were all in agreement that this would be a perfect aperitif, or an ideal "breakfast wine" for all you bibulous brunch lovers.

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Gravillas 2022 Vin de France Mademoiselle Lily

A half acre that we planted in 2000 in a rocky field. It is a full white with subtle notes of white flowers and verveine. Lily is for the aperitif with new friends or a spicy curry with loved ones! Viognier, Roussanne and Terret, 100% delicious! Perfect for a picnic at the beach or on your fire escape...

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gravillas 2022 Minervois L'Inattendu Blanc

The Unexpected. A surprising full dry white wine--fresh but mineral and very complex Grenaches (plus a bit of Maccabeu) fermented and aged (10 months) on lees in 500L barrels. Floral, herbal, stone, white peach, dried pear aromas. The palate is dense and mineral with more stone flavors than fruit, with a beautiful finish. Forceful enough to enjoy with good canned sardines, mackerel or veal blanquette, a rare match for organic goat cheese, surprising with Apple Crumble!

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gravillas 2022 Vin de France Retour aux Origines

Ancient grapes Piquepoul gris, Terret gris and Carignan blanc. Our newest quest, to find the true Languedoc white Wine. Plantation sourced from a conservatory of lost pink varietals in the Minervois. Plus a newly acquired Carignan Blanc vineyard. This elegant and complex wine opens with aromas of hazelnut, white peach, lime flower and minerals with a hint of spice. The palate is silky and dense with stone, citrus, white peach and pear, finishing with citrus, mineral, melon and earth notes with terrific length. Beautifull now, we suspect this will age gracefully. Pair with any full-flavored fish or ceviche, white meats and mild cheeses or just sip and enjoy.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gravillas 2022 Muscat St. Jean de Minervois Doux Providence 500ml

The 2022 Clos du Gravillas "Douce Providence" is a real treasure of the south of France - Muscat St. Jean de Minervois made with Muscat Petits Grains. Beautiful, delicate aromas of white rose petal, lime flower, citrus. The palate is silky and supple and lightly sweet with flavors of apricot and peach, hints of green tea, coconut and minerals, finishing with ripe citrus and refreshing acidity. Serve quite cool, yum!

  • white medium-sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur