Age of Vines: 60 years (60%); 10 years (30%)
Yields: 30 hl/ha
Pruning Method: Goblet and Royat
Varieties: 80% Cinsault, 20% Syrah
Vinification Method: The “Tan Little Pig” is made from grapes harvested at their maximum ripeness and immediately destemmed. They are gently crushed and the juice is fermented with natural yeast. The skins are removed from the vats 36 hours after pressing, lending this rosé its beautifully intense pink color. 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.
Tasting Note: This rosé is vibrant pink in the glass. Deep scents of ultra-ripe crushed red cherries, a note of guava paste, overripe ﬁg ﬂesh and a pretty, yet smoky note of sweet herbs. Blood Orange infused red berry ﬂavors dominate the palate and are set-off by the wines generous minerality.
Pairing: Serve this summer wine with a spicy couscous and lamb tagine, ﬂame grilled chicken dishes, spicy lamb or beef kebabs, sweet barbecued pork dishes.
Jean-Marie Rimbert, a native of Provence, arrived in the Languedoc nearly
25 years ago & managed the vineyards at Château de Flaugergues for 5
years until he saved up enough to purchase his first parcels of gnarled
ancient Carignan vines that had been nurtured in schist-laden soils for the
better part of the last century.
Today, Domaine Rimbert is 20 hectares spread amongst 40 diverse parcels each with different soil compositions & expositions. The village of Berlou (where Jean-Marie has his Chai) has the highest elevation in all of the St. Chinian AOC & 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 & his wines reflect all of the natural beauty, depth & flavor from those vines. The wines Jean-Marie crafts are a passionate testament to this region's multidimensional & ever-expanding potential.