Saint Chinian, Le Mas au Schiste, 2006

Saint Chinian, Le Mas au Schiste, 2006

Jean-Marie Rimbert is a jokester. He takes the name for this cuvée not only from loose, flaky, scree-like Schiste rock which abounds throughout the vineyards in this northern outpost of the Saint Chinian appellation, but also is a commentary on his self proclaimed disposition for working such inhospitable and punishing vineyards.

Composed of roughly equal parts Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache.

More stuffing here than in the Travers de Marceau, as Grenache replaces Cinsault and the wine sees some time in older oak barrels. Darker fruits and a fuller, denser palate of flavors, but at its core one can still appreciate the seductive aromas of blackberry/plum potpourri and the sweet, savory suggestions of garrigue which are certainly the hallmark of the wines from Rimbert.

Domaine Rimbert fact sheet (PDF)

Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône

Saint Chinian, Les Travers de Marceau Taken from the steep sloping vineyards (Travers) of old vine Carignan, the composition of this cuvee changes ever so slightly by the year, but as with all of Rimbert’s reds…

Saint Chinian, Le Mas au SchisteJean-Marie Rimbert is a jokester. He takes the name for this cuvée not only from loose, flaky, scree-like Schiste rock which abounds throughout the vineyards in this northern outpost of the Saint Chinian appellation…