Domaine Rimbert Petit Cochon Rosé (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.
In the glass, this rosé pours a vibrant pink hue. On the nose, notes of ultra-ripe crushed red cherries, some guava paste, fig, and slightly smoky notes of sweet herbs. On the palate, the red fruit and herbs carry through with added blood orange and lively acidity. Pair this with a variety of chicken dishes, BBQ’d burgers, or lamb kebab.
Made from 80% old vine Cinsault and 20% Syrah grown on schist soil, the yields are low at 30 hl/ha. The grapes are harvested at ideal ripeness, destemmed, and gently crushed; the juice is fermented with natural yeast. The skins are removed from the vats 36 hours after pressing and the wine rests in stainless steel in a cellar that is half-buried into the earth so that the temperature of the winery is naturally regulated. It undergoes a light ﬁltering when bottled on site.