A more intense nose than the Estate Rouge; much classier - displaying the extra 18 months oak ageing for the Cabernet and Syrah. Rich and intense, immensely concentrated with fine tannins and great length. "R" 2006 is not only a benchmark for this estate but for the whole of the Provence region.
Domaine de Rimauresque Cru Classe is a highly reputed estate, situated on the Cotes du Provence. The estate encompasses 46 hectares of prime vineyards with an average vine age of 40 years (the oldest being planted in 1930). Situated on the harsh mineral soils at the foothills of the Maures Massif, the vines are protected by the sheltering effects of the mountain from the harsh Mediterranean sun. This allows a longer ripening period and better fruit development. Replacement planting is now ensuring an increased vine density of up to 5,000 vines per hectare in an ongoing drive to improve quality. The estate owned by the Wemyss family - who also have a stake in Fonty's Pool in Western Australia - produces characterful whites produced from Rolle (also known as Vermentino), floral scented ross from a blend of Cinsault, Tribouren and Mourvdre and weighty, yet elegant reds with a tight, firm structure and real terroir character produced from Cabernet Sauvignon with a slug of Carignan and Syrah for warmth and opulence and just a hint of Mourvedre for spice and perfume. The superior range labelled 'R' are sourced from older plantings for extra depth and minerality.
Situated just 140m above sea level, 35km from the coast this ia a 46ha estate. Vines average 40 years of age, planted on harsh mineral soils and sheltered from the fierce Mediterannean morning sun by the Maures Masif.
The 46-hectare (ha) Domaine de Rimauresq lies near the town of Toulon in the foothills of the Maures Massif, on north-facing slopes, which ensures the vines are protected from the intense Mediterranean sun. As in many Provencal vineyards, rose dominates production, but stunning reds are also crafted here too. This wine is a blend from the estate's older vines that has been aged in oak for 18 months. Cabernet Sauvignon gives backbone and a refined blackcurrant edge, Carignan contributes white pepper warmth, while Syrah adds a herby edge and plummy berry fruit. The combination is very classy, and definitely ageworthy.
This is a superb wine with real class and a perfect match to Provencale stews and rich meat dishes.