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 thereon in a love affair with this historically forgotten about 'blending' grape ensued resulting in the big, powerful and deeply impressive 'Lo Vielh' wine.
Nicole and John say they are after "a balance between rich and refreshing - a bit of chalkiness and a deep pure dark fruit in the reds, and in the whites an expression more mineral and floral than fruity." (They also make an awesome sweet wine!)
Check out their wines below. If you like them you can even go and stay there - just click here!