The nose is rustic and chunky with much more of the dry herby aromas that are essential to the smell of Provence. On the palate this is Bordeaux meets Provence - the black fruits of mature Cabernet mesh with the warmer spicy old vine Carignan and Syrah. Overall the flavours are more subtle and integrated than in the past.
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 Australi