Hailing from the smallest appellation in France, Palette AOC just east of the town of Aix-en-Provence, the wines of Château Simone are recognised around the world for their quality. Set in a natural amphitheatre on steep terraces, the north facing vineyard is sheltered from winds whilst basking in sunshine. Not only does the aspect of the vineyard play a vital role in moderating the heat of the south of France but the limestone soil keeps vine vigour in check, providing ideal conditions for the production of quality fruit.
Château Simone, Blanc 2015, Palette AOC, France
Grapes: Clairette 80%, Grenache Blanc 10%, Bourboulenc 5%, Ugni Blanc 3%, Muscat Glanc 2%
Drink: Now or until 2025+
Fruit for this wine comes from vines that are at least half a century old and after being harvested by hand and sorted at the winery it is fermented using indigenous yeasts. Fermentation and maturation take places in the cool temperatures of the estate’s underground cellars. After maturation in small oak casks for 18 months, 6 of which sees the wine sitting on fine lees, the wine spends a further one year of maturation before being released to the market.
Generous and delicious on the palate, expect to find ripe fruits, floral and almond notes to name but a few. Jancis Robinson MW awarded this wine 17/20 points so we are not the only ones who know a good thing when we see it!
Château Simone, Rosé 2018, Palette AOC, France
Grapes: Grenache 45%, Mourvèdre 30%, Cinsaut 5%, blend of Syrah, Castet, Manosquin, Carignan, various Muscatel 20%
Drink: now or until 2021+
A true field blend of grapes! After being hand harvested and sorted, some of the bunches were destemmed before pressing took place using a hydraulic press. The wine is a blend of direct press juice and free run juice and after fermentation using indigenous yeasts, it spends one year in large oak foudres.
Produced in extremely small quantities this wine shows great structure alongside flavours of red apples and berries, mineral chalk notes and mouthwatering Provençal herbs – one of my all time favourite rosés!