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 pretty nose of berries and almond blossom. The palate is broad, savoury, complex and elegantly vinous. Exceptional long finish.
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.