In a nutshell: A complex, full and minerally organic French white from Minervois in the Languedoc
The lowdown: The name L'Inattendu means 'Unexpected' which is quite apt for this richly textured white has more giong on than might be anticipated. Grenache Blanc along with a bit of Maccabeu is what goes into this really rather complex and multi-layered numer. It's fermented and aged on its lees for 12 months in large oak barrels. The result is a dry and rich wine with a good balance of fresh, minerality and savouriness. There are also some welcome floral notes accompanied by a subtle honey and nuttiness.
When to drink: With its rich complexty this is a great food wine and great to go alongside meaty fish dishes and full flavoured cheeses.
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.