Estate: Founded by Jean-Marie Rimbert in 1996 with just a few parcels of ancient Carignan vines, today the Languedoc estate has expanded to 20 hectares spread amongst 40 diverse parcels, each with different soils along with varying elevations and exposure. Famed as a “champion of Carignan”, Jean-Marie has gained a reputation as a passionate winemaker; consistently crafting wines that express the “character and soul” of where they are from.
Philosophy: To defend the natural diversity of the land and cultivate vineyards with respect for the environment, producing wines that reflect all of the “ beauty depth and flavor originating from those vines”.
Winemaking: Jean-Marie practices organic methods in both the vineyards and winery. Only naturally occurring yeasts are used, along with a minimal amount of filtration. Grapes were sourced from estate vineyards with schist soil. Aged in stainless steel and enamel lined concrete tanks. ‘Cousin Oscar’ is a small production cuvée not made in challenging vintages.
[Oscar is named after his girlfriend’s cousin “who is apparently irresistible to the ladies”. It is meant to be a fun, friendly, gluggable; “On se l’arrache” on the label warns, “you’ll be fighting over this wine with whomever is present!” Jean-Marie created the label from designs he put together from 1950’s magazines.]
Tasting Notes: Transparent ruby in colour, with aromas of raspberry, strawberry, cherry and a bit of earth. Silky raspberry, blackberry, cherry, pomegranate, strawberry and bramble are framed by black tea tannins and fresh acidity. Crushed pink peppercorn compliments strawberry, cranberry and raspberry on the sleek finish. Fresh, fruity and agile.
Vin de France