Domaine Rimbert L’Agathe White (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, delicate aromas of white fruit, fennel, and baking spices. On the palate, those flavours come through with added textural richness. Use as an aperitif, pair with seafood dishes, cheese platters, or lighter, chicken fare.
Made from 50% Clairette, 25% Vermentino, 15% Roussanne, and 10% Grenache Blanc, his wine is from the appellation of Saint Chinian, which was delimited in 1982, but has only recently become a hot spot for high quality wines and interesting wines, many of which are organic and biodynamic. After fermentation, the wine rests for a period in acacia wood barrels.