Domaine Rimbert

The Cave, Image from Domaine Rimbert

The wines of Domaine Rimbert are a Peter Vezan Selection imported by Dionysos Imports. The Le Chant de Marjolaine and the Les Travers de Marceau cost $12 whereas the Le Mas au Schiste cost $18 at MacArthurs. We had previously enjoyed a bottle so when Phil said the new selections were on the shelf I made sure to pick them up. I think all three of these wines should be tried. Each one is unique, well made, elegant, and appropriately priced. If I had to recommend a single wine I would pick the Les Travers de Marceaux. I am continually stunned when such a tasty wine can be found for $12 and it was shipped all of the way from Europe!

Vineyard with Schiste, Image from Domaine Rimbert

Domaine Rimbert is located in Berlou and makes wine from 20 hectares of vineyards spread over 40 parcels.  There parcels are known as travers.  The soils are primarily of schiste with many old-vine Carignan.  Approximately 60% of his vines are over 60 years old. Pesticides and herbicides are not used and the wines are fermented with natural yeast.

2010 Domaine Rimbert, Le Chant de Marjolaine, VDP
This wine is 100% Carignan. This wine starts off with a berrylicious nose followed by good buttery flavors in the mouth before the flavors turn tart. There is bright acidity, flavors of dried herbs, and a slightly spicy hint. Jenn found “swamp, black-sludge” but in a good way.  This was the most forward of the three wines. ** Now.

2010 Domaine Rimbert, Les Travers de Marceau, Saint-Chinian
This vintage is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Carignan. The Carignan is sourced from a steep vineyard containing old vines. This wine slowly unveiled itself over several hours. The good nose of red fruit was joined by tasty, savory, red fruit in the mouth.  This should be cellared for a year or two. **(*) 2013-2015.

2009 Domaine Rimbert, Le Mas au Schiste, Saint-Chinian
This wine is a blend of 33% Carignan, 33% Syrah, and 33% Grenache with 33% aged in old barrels. This wine starts off with a mixture of butter and vanilla. The very elegant red fruit is framed in stone then takes on flavors of raspberry in the finish. There are some pepper notes and delicacy to the acidity.  I would cellar this a year or two as well. **(*) 2013-2015.

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