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Rimbert’s Carignator Made from Deadly Old Vines


The wines of Jean-Marie Rimbert have been quietly drunk at our house for several years.  These wines have not included the old-vine Carignator until now.  The 2010 Domaine Rimbert, Carignator is produced from a parcel of Carignan where 60% of the vines are 70 years of age.  The land is far from flat.  Apparently a worker was almost killed when his tractor toppled over.  As a result the rows are not plowed.  We drank our bottle over two nights which was good because the elegant flavors, lovely acidity, and texture showed best on the second night.  I did enjoy this more than Jenn but we both feel it needs a little more bottle age.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2010 Domaine Rimbert, Carignator – $25
Imported by Dionysos Importers.  This wine is 100% Carignan which was whole cluster fermented using indigenous yeasts then aged for six months in old barrels.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose was lightly ripe with pure aromas of berries and a little spirit.  There were perfumed flavors of blackish/blue fruit.  These good flavors mixed with almost crunchy acidity that was really quite nice and bound with drying tannins.  There was a spicy hint and ripe texture that persisted into the aftertaste.  With air it was a little salty, dense, and tart but it is best left in the cellar until the fall.  **(*) 2014-2018.

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  1. August 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

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