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Xavier Flouret Nationale 7 2012
90 points
by Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2013

Director Pierre Duffort

Winery Name Domaine de Rimauresq - Cru Classé

Appellation Côtes de Provence

Country France

Grape Varietal Grenache - Cinsault - Syrah - Tibouren

HISTORY
Founded in 1864 and now 32 hectares, the name of the Domaine comes from the "Real Mauresque" (the river of the Maures) which runs through the vineyard. Rimauresq was one of the few vineyards in the region awarded "Crus Classés" status at the creation of the classification system in 1955.

TERROIR
The vineyard is located 35 km from the sea at an altitude of 140 to 190 meters. The terrain is composed of crystalline rock with sand and gravelly soil. Rimauresq, on a North-West orientation, is at the foot of the Maures mountains, providing extra morning shade resulting in a longer ripening period.

VITICULTURE & VINIFICATION
The vines are on average 40 years old and their density is between 3,600 and 4,500 vines per hectare. Harvested early morning, the grapes are then crushed and de-stemmed and undergo cold maceration on their skins for several hours. They are then pressed, the free run juice is separated and it undergoes a period of cold stabilization prior to fermentation for 2 to 3 weeks (not malolactic).

AGEING
In stainless steel tanks for 6 months with "bâtonnage" of the lees. No oak ageing.

VINTAGE
The ideal conditions of Spring 2012 enabled the grapes to grow harmoniously until an exceptional hailstorm in May damaged part of the vineyards in Pignans. Untouched vines finally bloomed and gave nice fruits but in smaller quantities. Summer ended under windy conditions and moderate heat, which allowed a good maturation and a good development of the aromas while retaining the acidity. While volumes are low, the 2012 vintage is a great one: light and fresh, keeping sugar and alcohol at low levels. As in previous vintages, the typical structure and minerality of Rimauresq transpires through the wine.

STYLE
Eye: Light and shiny salmon color.
Nose: Mineral and floral, peach and strawberry aromas.
Palate: Fresh minerality and red berries, good acidity.

FOOD PAIRING
This rosé will naturally be enjoyed with Provençale cuisine but also stands up to richer dishes such as foie gras or chicken with morels.

WHEN TO DRINK
Now and up to 3 years, all year long.

TECHNICALS
Alcohol: 13%, Total acidity: 3.45 g/l, PH: 3.5, Residual sugar: 1.3 g/l

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