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Provence tasting notes

text and photographs © 2011 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on The Wines of Provence.


Domaine de Rimauresq's wines are imported by Boutinot. See all UK stockists on

Domaine de Rimauresq, Petit Rimauresq Rosé 2010
Screwcap. Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan. Quite a vibrant pink. Rose hip aromas, a touch of lemon and fresh apple skins. The palate is really fresh, with a little bit of roundness and weight, but the finish crisp and fruity and very easy to drink. 86-87/100.

Domaine de Rimauresq, Cru Classé Rosé 2010
Tibouren, with Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Rose hips and fresh raspberry, with quite a lot of spices and grip on the palate there is a real skinny bite and grip. 87/100.

Domaine de Rimauresq, R Cru Classé Rosé 2010
Old Grenache. Vinous red fruit nose with lots of lemon and lime peel grip and flavour. Full, rich wine, with lots of texture and grip, lots of acidity and power, which Pierre says will calm by Easter - too early to drink. 87-88/100.

Domaine de Rimauresq, Cru Classé Blanc 2010
Rolle, with 10% Ugni Blanc. From slate soils. Lots of character and power, this is punchy and has a punchy apple fruit - ripe and full. On the palate juicy and powerful, laden wit pithy lemon and grapefruit. Big and flavourful. 87-88/100.

Domaine de Rimauresq, R Cru Classé Blanc 2010
Goes into 500 litre barrels, all older. There is a tiny nut and honeyed aroma joining that lemon and apple fruit. The razor like acidity is huge at the core of this again, these are huge, mouth-watering wines crying out for a plate of moules marinière. 88/100.

Domaine de Rimauresq, Cru Classé Rouge 2008
Carignan, Syrah and Cabernet. Deeply fruited plum and blackcurrant, with really tight, sinewy structure and masses of tannin. Really fairly bruising stuff that needs a little time perhaps: big strapping stuff with lots of substance. 87/100.

Domaine de Rimauresq, R Cru Classé Rouge 2007
70% Cabernet with Syrah. One year in barrique. Fresh, attractively fruity nose with black fruit and a little schist, charcoally edge and damson skin darkness. The palate has a succulent juiciness, with lots of inherent sweetness and ripeness. Long and structured, but has real sweetness of fruit at the core. 89/100.

Domaine de Rimauresq, Quintessence Rouge 2007
Harvested at 20hl/ha. Mourvèdre 85%, Syrah. Very dark, deep, brooding black fruit. Lots of tightly-wound, glossy black fruit but with such a tannic grip on the palate, such structure and weight of spices and fruit. This is a another huge wine, with suspicions of spice and chocolate, but the essence of the fruit is intensely sweet and concentrated. Would be one to lay down for a while, the big, spicy concentration now suggesting decanting would be worthwhile. 91/100.

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