Domaine Rimbert For Me (750ml)
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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, ripe red fruit- think plum, cherry, and raspberry. On the palate, those same notes come through with added roundness, texture, and light acidity. Pair with a variety of blue cheese, chicken dishes, or your favourite pork dishes.
Made from 100% Merlot, the grapes are purchased from neighboring sustainable grape growers. The wine is fermented with natural yeast at a controlled temperature then rests in tanks, is lightly filtered and fined and bottled the following Spring with a small addition of sulfur.
I got this on a whim because the label made me laugh for three reasons. I was first intrigued that it said ‘For Me’. Then saw ‘formidable’ written right below which made me think of that cute song ‘For me, Formidable’. I then noticed the cartoon ant drawn on the label – a fourmis, in French. So cute! And the wine itself is delish.