2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé

SKU #1304519 97 points Decanter

 Lovely strawberry shortcake and hint of petal aromas; generous palate with depth of flavours - spice to frame the delicate fruit, and a fine cushion of lees to carry to an elegant finish.  (5/2017)

90 points Vinous

 Vivid orange-pink. White peach, melon and raspberry scents are enlivened by a jolt of orange zest and a dusty mineral flourish. Supple and focused on the palate, offering juicy strawberry, nectarine and orange flavors that tighten up slowly with aeration. Finishes long and sappy, displaying very good clarity and a resonating mineral note. Drink 2017 - 2021. (JR)  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

Rimauresq is named for the river Real Mauresque that traverses the domaine. This 60 hectare property was reestablished in 1882 after the phylloxera epidemic devastated the region. Domaine de Rimauresq was also one of the original fourteen Cru Classé producers that received historical Cru designation even before the appellation board named Cotes de Provence as an AOC. These historic properties still produce some of the most sought after and long lived rosés of the region. The 2016 rosé is a blend of 43% Grenache, 24% Cinsault, 10% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah, 6% Carignan and 9% Rolle. The grapes undergo a light maceration when harvested and are then gently pressed. No malolactic fermentation occurs keeping acidity fresh and lively and the wine undergoes a light filtration for clarity. A perfect summer rosé for any classic Mediterranean fare. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2017 | Send Email
Wine evokes so many memories. Spent a blistering summer many years ago working a commune in the Massif des Maures in Provence, where the day ended with a nightly brushing away of sweet baby scorpions who managed to congregate in my small tent as if it were a cathedral to the god Arthropoda. Wine was liberally consumed by all to abate the torrid heat, but I never indulged the lovely wines of Rimauresq, nestled in the foothills but a sparrow's flight away. Captive to the cooling Mistral, the vineyards lie sedately in the shadow of the Massif, often maturing two weeks later than their neighbors, which allows for lustrous ripening of the six grape varieties that go into this stunning rose. Tightly spun aromas of vibrant red fruits and citrus peel enwreathe a palate of creamy strawberry richness, floral jasmine notes and ravishing mineral complexity. To sum up, this is one of the finest Provencal roses we carry, and a worthy companion to a wide array of dishes from salad nicoise to grilled tuna.
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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2017 | Send Email
Rimauresq is an historic property that sits at the foot of the Massif des Maures mountain range. Their microclimate is influenced by the surrounding hills creating a unique terroir that is cooler than many of the other neighboring properties. That and the varied soils of sand and gravel create wines with great tension and nuance. With all of these things, one can see what makes this property so special. When I first tasted this wine early in the season (beginning of March), I was taken with the layered structure. It showed more like a Bandol rose with light color and superb balance. It was still a little tight though but the potential was amazing. Now it's June and I revisited the wine and after a little relaxing in bottle this rose has achieved everything I could have hoped for. There is a firm raspberry backbone with the texture of white cherry and a hint of fresh bay leaf on the palate. The wine has real depth and structure with mouth watering acidity and nerve. This is no soft and fruity rose, this is serious stuff... but not to be taken too seriously. It is rose after all and enjoyment is its primary function. This is a case buy for sure with bottles to be enjoyed for this year and well into the next.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
This is one of the most exciting Provence rosés I've tasted this year. The nose is super clean and bright, full of cherry and lemon zest. The palate is refreshing and creamy at the same time. It just begs for food -- perhaps BBQ chicken and grilled veggies. The finish lingers pleasantly and is quite long. Big time win in the Provence category!
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Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
This is bone-dry, fresh and crunchy rosé made with 43% Grenache Noir, 24% Cinsault, 10% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah, 6% Carignan and 9% Rolle. It starts with aromas of barberry, pink rose petal and hint of strawberry, on the palate it's super mineral and full of juicy grapefruit with touch of pomelo on the finish.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
Bright with strawberry fruit, Domaine Rimauresq is a classic yet complex Provençal rosé with refreshing acidity. The 2016 is rich enough to feel fuller bodied on the palate than most, yet still shows lively pithy notes and stony minerality, plus a long finish. The texture is surprisingly soft for such a juicy, lifted rosé, making this a great food wine and a nuanced option.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
Absolutely lovely Provencal Rose that will be perfect for almost any occasion this Summer. It is bright and high acid, while still showcasing brilliant fruit and minerality. A good balanced, lighter style wine that stands out apart from many of the other Provence Roses out there.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
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Beautiful aromas of cherries, raspberries and hints of fresh cut pineapple greet you and then seamlessly lead into a gorgeous palate of fresh floral notes as well as strawberry and mineral notes. Crisp acidity and soft tannins round out this stunning Rose. An excellent Provencal Rose.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
Totally loving this wine right now. There are beautiful floral aroma drifting from the glass, but on the palate--all strawberries and cream. This wine fits neatly into the Provence rose category but with a an interesting twist. The acid is forward and refreshing, but the real star here is the texture. There is a beautiful richness to this wine that makes it absolutely stand out among its peers. Crisp, balanced, and beautifully textured this is flat-out one of the best roses I've had this season.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
Classic Provencal rose with the soft red berry fruit, crisp and clean acidity, and juicy, mouthwatering finish we're all looking for in our summertime daily drinkers. The Rimauresq dials it up a notch, however, it terms of quality. There's a bit more finesse, depth, and concentrated complexity here than in the standard $10-$15 fare. It's definitely worth the extra few bucks. I could drink this all month long and never get tired of it.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2017 | Send Email
This is the perfect choice for those who are looking for classic Provence style rose, with that super mineral-driven quality. This has flavors of chalk, wet river rocks, rose petals, yet with a soft, rich texture that adds a layer of complexity.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13