2016 Domaine de Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Blanc SKU #1309263


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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)

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Contrary to opinion, every wine in Provence is not coming up Rosés, 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.
    Top Value!
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    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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