Domaine Rimbert Cousin Oscar (750ml)
Jean-Marie Rimbert, a native of Provence, arrived in the Languedoc nearly twenty-five years ago and managed the vineyards at Château de Flaugergues for five years until he saved up enough money to purchase his first parcels of gnarled ancient vine Carignan that had been nurtured in schist-laden soils for the better part of the last century. Today, Jean-Marie has 20 hectares spread amongst 40 diverse parcels each with different soil compositions and expositions. Berlou has the highest elevation in all of the St. Chinian AOC and is the only place in the region that possesses schist rich soils. From the beginning, his objective was to cultivate vineyards with the utmost respect for the environment and his wines reflect all of the natural beauty, depth and flavor originating from those vines. The wines Jean-Marie crafts are a passionate testament to this region’s multi-dimensionality and ever-expanding potential.
On the nose, bright, red fruit and violets. On the palate, that red fruit carries through- think raspberry and cherry, with added lively acidity. Pair with charcuterie, chicken, or mezze.
Made from a blend of Cinsault (organic estate-grown) and Pinot Noir (purchased sustainable grapes), the grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, and undergo a gentle maceration of the grapes without remontage, for only three days in order to get only a very little extraction. The wine is spontaneously fermented and then aged in tanks, lightly filtered and fined, and bottled the following spring with a little addition of sulfur.