14 March, 2019
Domaine Rimbert Saint-Chinian 'The Mas with Schist' 2016, Languedoc, France
Languedoc, a vast and varied region in the south of France, is the largest wine region in the country and offers some of the best values in the world.
Previously, Languedoc was synonymous with bulk wine that supplied French supermarkets and sold for two or three euros a bottle.
But the region has far exceeded this reputation in recent years, having worked tirelessly to make known the remarkable red wines traditional villages such as Minervois, Pic Saint Loup and Saint-Chinian.
It is in Saint-Chinian, about twenty kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the huge mountain range called Massif Central, that Jean-Marie Rimbert elaborates distinctive wines from grapes from old vines grown organically.
(With its arid climate that protects it from diseases of the vine more common in the wetter regions, Languedoc has long been a leader in organic farming practices.)
The exquisite taste of Rimbert wines reminded me of the taste of the Mas au Schiste 2016 in Saint-Chinian. As the name suggests, the $ 23 wine is influenced by the unusual shale soils in which the vineyards are located; the blend of 25% carignan, 50% syrah and 25% grenache enhances traditional grapes from the region.
The wine almost jumps from the glass with lively acidity and earthy notes that frame its delicious notes of red and black fruits, as well as touches of black licorice, flowers and herbs. Only a part is aged in oak barrels, the wood is very in the background, which allows the wine to give us a real idea of its terroir.
In a world filled with generic wine, this one is a tribute to the authenticity and the idea that a wine can, and should, tell us about the place of d & # 39; Where it comes from.