Domaine Ribiera is one of those classic big city sommelier to small town vigneron situations. Regis Pichon and his wife Christine left successful hospitality careers and the Parisian clamour behind in 2005 for the bucolic goodness of the Languedoc. The domaine is centered around intuition and a belief that less is more. These wines reflect their clayey, redstone terroir without pomp, showing ripeness and sunbaked stony goodness. Simple & delicious.
‘Tintorela’ means equilibrium in Occitan dialect. This is the young vine cuvée, assembled from all the parcels. Cinsault and Grenache with occasionally a smidge of Syrah. Fermented and aged in resin tanks.
When asked about the name, Regis tells us “It is a nostalgic French expression that recalls fond memories for many people.” The wine is made from purchased Cabernet Sauvignon, pressed after two days maceration to resin tanks for a short period of aging