Domaine Rimbert L’Orangel Vin Orange

$26.00

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Vintage: 2021
Region: Saint Chinian, France
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Rolle

Domaine Rimbert L’Orangel Vin Orange shows dried fruits, citrus aromas, delicate tannins, and refreshing acidity. 7-day maceration and lightly filtered.

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About Domaine Rimbert L’Orangel Vin Orange

Domaine Rimbert L’Orangel Vin Orange shows dried fruits, citrus aromas, delicate tannins, and refreshing acidity. Easy-drinking skin-contact white that’s very food-versatile, too – try it with Asian dishes, Tajine, milder cheeses, or even chocolate.

The wine is fermented with native yeast on skins for 7 days. Then rests in tanks, lightly filtered and fined (vegan-friendly pea-protein), and bottled the following spring with a bit of sulfur.

About Domaine Rimbert

Jean-Marie Rimbert was born at a mixed family farm in Provence and trained not as a winemaker but as a general agriculturalist (“the vine is basically a small fruit tree, isn’t it?” he jokes). Even after 40 years of making wine, he still proudly calls himself a paysan – a peasant, man of the countryside, and his down-to-earth farmer side also shows in his philosophy. The estate’s vineyards have been managed organically since 2003 (certified 10 years later) – not primarily for the wine’s quality, he says, but rather because “I want to cultivate in a way that doesn’t damage the environment. I’m in it for the long term.”

He bought the estate in Berlou, a small village in the Saint Chinian area, back in 1996. It was a rocky start thanks to his son Marceau being born at the beginning of the harvest, their very first at their own domaine. “I seriously don’t remember how we managed back then. My brain goes blank when thinking about this period,” Rimbert shakes his head when trying to recall the launch. What he does know is that he was seduced by the village’s unique schist soils and steep slopes (so unique that they give the village the right to its own AOC, the Saint Chinian Villages Berlou). “I like the fine notes of dried rose petals that schist gives to wines,” he confirms, “and I insist on cultivating vines on the hillsides, as it yields wines that are more pleasurable, lower in alcohol, and easy to digest.

Rimbert’s wines indeed sport an irresistible fruity character. Both the Travers de Marceau, the domaine’s first red wine named after Rimbert’s son Marceau born during those challenging beginnings, and its more robust, “serious” Mas au Schiste sibling (the name is a double entendre on the soils and the French pronunciation of the word “masochist”) offer freshness and elegance that you don’t always find in the sun-drenched Mediterranean. This easygoing style is further showcased in Cousin Oscar, a light red made of Cinsault and Pinot Noir grapes that is hyper-popular for its easy-drinking character and vintage-looking label. Jean-Marie made the collage himself (“just took some scissors and old posters”); the phrase “on se l’arrache” (“we’re fighting over him”), originally meant as a jibe to the eponymous relative popular with ladies, now works as a fitting comment on the wine’s success.

The secret of this succulence isn’t based on, as one might think, an early harvest (“I abhor the thought of starting vintage in August – we’re just not ready”) but in a very gentle extraction in the cellar that privileges finesse over the body. The wines are then aged in tanks or old barrels, lightly fined, filtered (Jean-Marie enjoys a “cleaner” style of wine, especially in the whites and rosés), and lightly sulfured at bottling. Besides the wines made from the domaine’s own grapes, he also runs a négociant business making easy-going wines from purchased grapes farmed sustainably by nearby growers, hoping to convert them to organic in the near future. After all, he’s in it for the long term…

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