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Four Vintages of Domaine Rimbert


The wines of Jean-Marie Rimbert always provide interest and personality at affordable prices.  I recently tasted Jean-Marie Rimbert’s Carignator which is made from deadly old vines.  That wine was made from pure Carignan.  This post features two vintages each of Les Travers de Marceau and Les Mas au Schiste both of which are Carignan based blends.  You may find background information on these wines in my post about Domaine Rimbert.

What I enjoyed about these four wines is how they wear the vintage variations.  The 2012 Domaine Rimbert, Les Travers de Marceau, Saint-Chinian was the most forward of the wines, though this took several hours of air.   On the first night it overshadowed the 2011 Domaine Rimbert, Les Travers de Marceau, Saint-Chinian which took until the second night to show that good stuff is yet to come.  The 2010 Domaine Rimbert, Les Mas au Schiste, Saint-Chinian has a complex nose but ultimately remained tight in flavor.   The 2009 Domaine Rimbert, Les Mas au Schiste, Saint-Chinian was lighter and less rounded than the 2010 vintage.  It too sports a  complex nose but this time it was more old-school rather than fruity.  All four of these wines will continue to benefit from cellar age.  I would stash a few away while you can still purchase them.   These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine Rimbert, Les Travers de Marceau, Saint-Chinian – $15
Imported by Dionysos Imports. This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Carignan.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The nose revealed raspberry candy aromas.  The mouth followed the nose with raspberry flavors that were tart on the tongue.  It show orange notes that took on some weight as the wine picked up low-lying black structure.  This wine clearly needs air!  It had some black tea notes followed by graphite and butter in the lively, flavorful finish.  *** 2015-2018.

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2011 Domaine Rimbert, Les Travers de Marceau, Saint-Chinian – $15
Imported by Dionysos Imports. This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Carignan.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The flavors played it closer showing more drying structure at the end.  With air the wine developed some puffy flavors followed by a nice lipstick finish and aftertaste.  **(*) Now – 2018.

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2010 Domaine Rimbert, Les Mas au Schiste, Saint-Chinian – $18
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 33% Carignan, 33% Syrah, and 33% Grenache with 33% aged in old barrels. Alcohol 12.5%.  The nose was complex with floral and fruit aromas that developed notes of sweet, sugared black tea.  The flavors filled the mouth with tart and ripe fruit.  There was a roundness to the wine with a  sense of approachability but ultimately it remained tight.  It took on wood and stone notes with the dry, structured finish.  **(*) 2015-2020.

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2009 Domaine Rimbert, Les Mas au Schiste, Saint-Chinian – $18
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 33% Carignan, 33% Syrah, and 33% Grenache with 33% aged in old barrels. Alcohol 12.5%.  The nose bore attractive, old-school aromas.  In the mouth were tart red fruit flavors that had no edges.  The flavors morphed to firm black fruit that had a lightness of flavor.  This uniquely flavored wine took on notes of dried tea and herbs that matched the acidity.  **(*) Now-2019.

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