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Originally from Provence, Jean-Marie Rimbert grew up on his family’s mixed farm, where he fell deeply connected with the soil. After 15 years working at other estates, he purchased a vineyard of older Carignan vines in the village of Berlou in 1996. His first son, Marceau, was born just as the first harvest was coming in, so he named the inaugural wine “Travers de Marceau”.
The Rimbert estate vineyards have been farmed organically since 2003 to help preserve the natural environment & unique schist soils and steep slopes. Rimbert works 24 hectares of estate vines, spread throughout 40+ parcels with varying soil & exposures. He also purchases additional sustainably-grown grapes from nearby growers.
Simultaneously a benchmark grower and a maverick in Languedoc, Rimbert makes minimal intervention wines with thirst-quenching fruit, meant to be drunk in their youth.
Named for his girlfriend’s cousin Oscar, a charmingly irresistible ladies man, this is a fun, highly drinkable & thirst quenching red. Jean-Marie created the collage-style label himself using ‘50s magazines.
From a single parcel of 50+ year-old Cinsault grown on Saint-Chinian brown schist. The grapes are destemmed, crushed, & gently macerated for 3 days. Spontaneously fermented & aged in stainless steel & enamel-lined concrete tanks, it goes through a light filtration & fining before bottling with just a touch of SO2.
Light-bodied, bright & fresh, with raspberry, cherry, violets, orangey citrus, plum skin, & spice. Juicy, supple, & round, with a lively acidity & easy, tart mineral finish. Delightful when chilled, it pairs with just about anything, but does especially well with cured meats, soft cheeses, & mushroom entrées.
Cinsault. Organic. Natural.