Cinsault/Mourvedre/Tibouren Blend * 75cl * 13% ABV * Côtes de Provence, France
Rimauresq is located up in the hills, roughly equidistant from Toulon and St-Tropez and has a 57ha estate, made up of nine different grape varieties. Rosé wine at Rimauresq is made from three grape varieties, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Tibouren, which together form the basis of most Côtes de Provence rosé. Cinsault is valued for its freshness and attendant acidity; Mourvedre for the structure and quince-like fruit that it brings to the blend; Tibouren, the least known variety, tends to provide the herbal, earthy aromas and fruit found in Provence rosé.
Vines at Rimauresq are a healthy 40 years old on average, a sure start for quality, which enables Rimauresq to make this wine in a very simple manner. Gently pressed, the Rosé juice is bled off the grape skins after it has had a few hours to absorb enough colour, before finishing all fermentation and maturing in stainless steel tanks. The wine does not undergo malo-lactic fermentation, to help preserve the fruit and freshness of the three principal grape varieties, nor is such a process needed in the Provence heat. The result is a pretty, pale pink rosé, with delicate floral aromas, a refined palate of gentle red fruit and strawberry characters with the evocative Provence garrigue (wild heathland) aroma and flavour overlaying the wine.