A vintage behind where we'd ideally like to be. Traditional methods are employed to make a serious and full-bodied style of rosé that's made to last.
Plots selected to make Rebelle are some of the oldest on the Domaine de Rimauresq estate, planted on schist over forty years ago. Due to the north-west aspect and shade from the intense sun given by the Massif des Maures mountains, Grenache and Syrah ripen slowly before being harvested in the cooler hours of the morning. For Rebelle, Pierre Duffort opted for the the slower rosé de saignée (bleeding) method, with fermentation by naturally occurring yeasts only. Appropriately for this traditional cuvée, the bottle harks back to the style and shape used by the estate in the 1950s.
A serious and full-bodied style of rosé, Cuvée Rebelle has a lovely, expressive nose of wild garrigue herbs and flowers. The bright palate is savoury, complex and elegantly vinous.
Cuvée Rebelle from Domaine de Rimauresq is pretty and elegant, working both as an apéritif and with food. Being more savoury in style it is definitely a wine for food. Try with a well flavoured fish such as red mullet (perhaps accompanied by pistou, the Provencale basil based sauce) or bouillabaisse, the fish stew of the region.