2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Blanc

SKU #1309263 95 points Decanter

 Complex fruity nose - lemon thistle, white cherry, pear skin, herbal tinged; good weight of ripe fruit, good acidity on the palate. A verve of intensity in a very well-made wine.  (6/2017)

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 blanc is a 100% Rolle (aka Vermentino) from two parcels, one planted in 1989 and the other in 2011. Light tropical notes and crisp acidity deliver a perfect white to go with many of the seafood offerings of the region. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional buyer)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2017 | Send Email
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Contrary to opinion, every wine in Provence is not coming up Ros├ęs, and it was wonderful to witness this superb white sprouting on our shelves. Sardinia prides itself for its vibrant Vermentinu wines (confusedly named Rolle in France) but with this bottling Rimauresq has fashioned a master class in the grape. Classically dry and almost oily in texture, it rewards with flavors of white pear, peach, citrus pith, and minerals, with a satisfying, slightly bitter, almond-skin finish. Wonderfully complex wine to pair with baked halibut or sturgeon.
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Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2017 | Send Email
Texture texture texture! What a cool wine: zippy acidity from the bright lemon zest alongside a fantastic waxy mouth feel from Vermentino that is reminiscent of neutral barrel aging. Versatility for food pairing is one of its main assets.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2017 | Send Email
We don't often get to talk too much about the white wines of Provence since rose has become such a dominant force, but this Rimauresq is something quite special to introduce you to the region's whites. Rimauresq is one of the original Cru Classe producers, meaning they were around with the original association of estate growers that pre-date the appellation system. This tiny group of producers are the only ones allowed to use Cru Classe on their label. This very special white is made from 100% Rolle (the French version of Vermentino) and is a great expression of the grape variety. It is a crisp and refreshing white that has a honeyed almost waxy texture but still has wonderful acidity. Semillon would be the closest comparison. The nose is primarily mineral driven but there are nuanced aromas of Meyer lemon and Anjou pear. The finish falls on the tropical side with light flavors of pineapple and plantain. I can think of little this wine would match up nicely with but Mediterranean styled fish seems like the most appropriate choice. It is a perfect foil for oilier meatier fish like mackerel or flakier fish with a nice drizzle of great olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Add some roasted vegetables and a little aioli and a perfect al fresco meal is in your future.

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- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.
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