Domaine Rimbert, Coteaux du Languedoc and Saint-Chinian | BKWine Pick

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Jean-Marie Rimbert is very focused on the soil. The soil where he works is schist and very poor and, in his opinion, it is the key to giving the character to his wines. He created his 20 ha domaine in 1997 on steep terraced slopes. He is very fond of the Carignan grape, an excellent variety in his opinion, provided the vines are not too young. He has 8 ha Carignan and they are over 80 years old. They were the main reason why he bought the property. He makes a vin de table from 100% Carignan, Le Chant de Marjolaine. Grapes are picked very ripe and the yield is, given the age of the vines, very low. The wines can reach 14.5% of alcohol but are still very well balanced without being overpowering, with notes of cherries (~8euro). Le Mas au Schiste (the name is a word play: Mas is a house and Schiste is the soil, and if you say the name in one go you understand the hard work behind the wine) has a powerful fruit and the particular “Garrigue” character reminiscent of herbs, juniper and ripe fruit. He makes an excellent white Coteaux du Languedoc from the Marsanne grape that is full-bodied and nutty. A very interesting property.

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