Jean-Marie Rimbert, a native of Provence, arrived in the Languedoc nearly 30 years ago where he managed the vineyards at Château de Flaugergues. After deciding to make his own wine Jean Marie went back to Provence to attempt to purchase vineyards, but given the prices in that area, he quickly went back to the Languedoc.
He ended up in neighboring St. Chinian, too be precise St. Chinian Berlou. This tiny village borders the Parc de Languedoc and has some of the oldest Carignan vines in France. Some vineyards are so old there are simply no records of them. Once owned by the Cave de Berlou, after the Cave went out of business, Jean Marie had the opportunity to add these magnificent vineyard plots to his already beautiful estate. These gnarled ancient Carignan vines have been growing in schist-laden soils for the better part of the last century. Today, Jean-Marie has 20 hectares spread amongst 40 diverse parcels each with different soil compositions and expositions. Berlou has the highest elevation in all of the St. Chinian AOC and is the only place in the region that possesses schist rich soils. From the beginning, his objective was to cultivate vineyards with the utmost respect for the environment and his wines reflect all of the natural beauty, depth and flavor originating from those vines. The wines Jean-Marie crafts are a passionate testament to this region’s multi-dimensionality and ever-expanding potential.
Les Travers de Marceau
VARIETALS: 40% Syrah, 35% Carignan, 20% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre
VINE AGE: 60 years (60%); 10 years (30%)
SOIL TYPE: Schist
VINIFICATION: Grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed before they are gently pressed. Only indigenous yeasts are used, the varietals are fermented separately in tanks before the final wine is blended. The wine is bottled using gravity and undergoes a slight filtration.
VARIETALS: 100% Carignan
VINE AGE: 70 years
VINEYARD: A unique, undulating parcel of land that is impossible to plow - so it is teeming with wild grasses.
FARMING: Practicing organic. Goblet and Royat trellis system.
VINIFICATION: Grapes are hand-harvested and fermented whole cluster. Only indigenous yeasts are used, and the wine spends 6 months in old, neutral barrels.
St. Chinian Berlou
VARIETALS: 40% Carignan, 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache
VINEYARD: On the estate, 9ha of south facing slopes is designated to the Berlou appellation, only 1ha is selected for vines.
VINE AGE: 30-90 years
VINIFICATION: Hand harvested. 2/3 destemmed + 3 weeks vatting with punching, maceration of whole bunches. Fermented with native yeasts - limitation of sulfites. Matured in older barrels for 12 months.
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