Domaine Rimbert in Top Form
The wines of Jean-Marie Rimbert continue to provide moving examples of old-vine Carignan farmed predominantly on soils of schiste. I have drunk a few bottles of 2013 Domaine Rimbert, Les Travers de Marceau, Saint-Chinian that have shown some variability. When in top form, this wine will compel you to drink the earthy, red fruit. It is a rounded wine with fine tannins and integrated acidity that should drink well for a few more years. Though I do not see any reason to hold back. The 2012 Domaine Rimbert, Le Mas au Schiste, Saint-Chinian adds Grenache into the mix. This is a thicker, coating wine with flavors in the kirsch and garrigue spectrum. It has a bit more stuffing so I would recommend you cellar it a year or two with the goal of the nose becoming more expressive. Priced at $15 and $18 these are well priced for their uniqueness. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2013 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 earthy nose bears the slightest yeast hint and develops a green pepper scent with air. In the mouth is a rounded start that fills the mouth with earthy flavors. The fine tannins build as earth mixes with fuzzy red fruit. The acidity keeps the wine fresh but is completely integrated. This earthy wine continues to have a berry core that eventually morphs into a ripe, strawberry finish with a dry aftertaste. Nice wine. *** Now – 2018.
2012 Domaine Rimbert, Le 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 13%. The slightly shy nose reveals kirsch which is soon joined by fruit. There is a thicker start with slightly savory flavors of kirsch and black minerals. With air the wine adds garrigue to the mix and seemingly becomes thicker as it takes on more black minerality. The dry finish evokes the stone soils just before the wine coats the entire mouth. *** Now – 2025.