Special: Indigenous Yeast, Vegan
Winery: Clos du Gravillas
Blend of Grenache blanc and gris, and Macabeo
This fabulous wine, translated as The Unexpected, is the result of the old vine Grenache gris and some Grenache blanc.
A full, dry, rich, and complex wine that is also lightly herbal and creamy with nice minerality and acidity on the finish. After a light pressing the must is chilled and allowed to settle. The Grenache is fermented and aged 12 months on lees in 400- liter barrels made from oak trees harvested in central France’s Allier forest. This oak is more tightly-grained than others and is known to produce a more “elegant wine.” Perfect for fish dishes and strong cheeses.
Ratings and Reviews from March 2012 of Jeb Dunnuck’s Rhone Report:
Clos du Gravillas Minervois L’inattendu (France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Minervois) A serious white, the 2009 Clos du Gravillas Minervois L’inattendu is an outstanding blend of Grenache Blanc that’s fermented and aged in barrel, on lees, for 12 months. It delivers a decidedly rich, yet beautifully pure and mineral-driven profile, possessing crisp, slightly honeyed fruits, lemon curd, brioche, flowers, and dried stone like aromas that flow to a medium-bodied, concentrated, and yet fantastically fresh, and elegant palate. Improving in the glass, this is an impressive wine, which given the acidity and concentration, should have an aging profile similar to a Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, with 2-3 years of prime drinking now, and then again at age 6-7. Very well done and worth checking out! (91 pts.)