About a year and half ago I began volunteering at The Cookbook Co., a local kitchen and food speciality store that also offers cooking classes and catering. I volunteered to work in their cooking classes, helping to setup the classes, help the chefs and participants, and clean-up after the class.
Included in the price of the class was a glass of wine or beer to go along with the food the participants were making. One of the perks of working the classes was that I often got to try the wine that was included. In one such class the featured wine that day was called “Le Chant De Marjolaine”.
I was so impressed with this wine that I went next-door to Metrovino, who provides the wine for the cooking classes and purchased a bottle to have at home.
Domaine Rimbert, in the Languedoc region of Southern France, produces Le Chant De Marjolaine, which translates to “The Song of Marjolaines”. This region sits almost of the most southern tip of France, just east of Côte du Rhone and Provence.
This is the largest-wine producing region in terms of volume. One reason for this is that it experiences long hours of summer sun with little rainfall, which allows for a longer growing season. This long growing season produces red wines that tend to be full bodied while the white wines tend to be quite dry.
Domaine Rimbert has been making wine since 1996 under the guidance of winemaker Jean-Marie Rimbert, and consists of 28 hectares of old vines along with 7 hectares of young vines, which were planted in 2000. Most of the vines are planted on a steep plots referred to as “through” in mostly shale soil. The vines themselves are spread out over 40 individual plots over a 10km radius, each with its own soil diversity, exposure and varietals. Harvest of the plots is done manually over a two-week period in September/October.
The care that is put into growing the grapes and producing the wine definitely shows in its quality. I really enjoyed the wine the first time I had it, but my appreciation has grown after having it again.
Last Friday night I was looking for a bottle to enjoy while getting ready to watch the new documentary SOMM Into the Bottle, and I thought a bottle of Le Chant De Marjolaine would make an excellent choice for the evening.
After opening the bottle and pouring a glass I really noticed a strong aroma of ripe fruit, such as blackberries and raspberries. The smell of ripe fruit was definitely the dominant aroma but I could also pick up a very faint cedar aroma as well. I decided to give the wine some time to breathe before tasting so I let it sit for about 15 min.
When I came back to the wine I noted the colour, a deep vibrant burgundy with a light ruby coloured rim. I found this interesting given the strong fruit aromas; I was expecting a lighter coloured body, similar to that of a Pinot Noir.
Upon first taste I picked up the fruit again, particularly black cherry and pomegranate as well as some notes of tobacco. The texture of the wine was semi-dry but still very clean tasting with a slight tannic structure.
Something that I found really interesting with this wine was when I went to pour a second glass, I noticed the structure of the wine had changed. With the second glass that fruit aroma had settled even more and that cedar/earthiness aroma was a lot more evident. The flavour profile also changed, now I was picking up strong notes of pepper, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Based on what I was experiencing I would very much like to try this wine again, but I think I will aerate it and let it breathe for several hours first.
All in all a wonderful bottle of wine and will definitely find a home in my cellar.
- Winery: Domaine Rimbert
- Vintage: 2013
- Grape: Carignon (Red)
- Region: Languedoc
- Country: France
- Nose: Raspberry, Blackberry, Cedar
- Taste: Black Cherry, Dried Cherry, Pomegranate, Pepper, Dark Chocolate
- Purchased: Metrovino
- Price: $20.00 (approximation)