A framed menu on the walls at the Château notes that, when the well-to-do people of Aix hosted a lunch for Presidents Mitterand and Berlusconi, white Simone was served with the starter. Whether this is a good or bad advert for the wine is open to interpretation, but it demonstrates that it's held in high regard. The wine is complex, attractive and very well structured.
One of only a handful of rosé wines that feature in Neil Beckett's book '1001 wines you must try before you die' and for good reason. Anyone who thinks rosé is not a serious wine category needs to try this.
Château Simone Rouge - a rare unreconstructed historical gem. Complex 'cigar box', sandalwood and sous bois aromas precede a rich, evolved palate with some mushroom and resinous notes – it is often mistaken for top-quality Bordeaux. It merits decanting, readily supports a decade's bottle-age, and will make a perfect foil to a garlic-studded gigot d'agneau or grilled rib of beef.
A gorgeous, organic white wine from Provence which has been particularly well received on these shores. Food and wine matching expert Fiona Beckett recently described it as "An intense, fragrant, Vermentino-based white to drink with seafood.", and we heartily concur.
This youthful, organic rosé wine from the Coteaux d'Aix, just north of Aix-en-Provence, is a blend of Cinsault and Grenache. Crisp, refreshing and savoury, it's ideal when sipped al fresco with or without some freshly-landed langoustines.
This red Coteaux d'Aix wine from Domaine des Oullières is made from a hand-harvested 40% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Noir along with 20% Syrah: almost a Rhône – Bordeaux fusion. Mid-weight, versatile, and easy-drinking.
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