Palette Wine - Château Simone

Palette wine - Château Simone

The Rougier family have resided in and presided over the vineyards at Château Simone since 1830 so have a long history of winemaking in one of France's smallest and most historical appellations. Indeed, it was fourth generation custodian Jean Rougier who succeeded in getting the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine to confer AOC status on the area in April 1948. Today, the family tend about half of Palette's vine area which extends to just under 50 hectares in total. The vines are planted on either side of the river Arc a few kilometres south-east of Aix-en-Provence at Meyreuil and surround the impressive, twin-towered château - a former Carmelite monastery. Interestingly, the vineyards are north-facing - which extends the ripening season - and soils of Langesse limestone are planted with a diverse range of 17 different permitted grapes. Château Simone produces white, rosé and red wine which are blended from mature, hand-harvested rootstock and vinified in vat and oak barrels prior to bottling.

Current patron Jean-François Rougier proudly maintains traditions devised by his forebears producing ageworthy wines of great character with a strong sense of terroir and a terrific affinity for the local cuisine. His Château Simone blanc is made from 80% Clairette, 10% Grenache Blanc, 5% Bourboulenc, 3% Ugni Blanc and 2% Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains. The grape juice is vinified in vats and then the wine is racked on its fine lees in used oak barrels for 6 months and is then matured for a further year (off the lees) prior to bottling. The finished wine is fruity, herbal and floral with pure stonefruit flavours and subtle woody undertones. It drinks well from release but gains complexity with bottle age and makes a terrific accompaniment to seafood and poultry. The sibling rosé is blended from around 45% Grenache Noir, 30% Mourvèdre, 5% Castet and a 20% mixture of Syrah, Castet, Manosquin, Carignan and Muscatel amongst others. After partial de-stemming prior to crushing, the juice is fermented in vat and raised in oak barrels before being clarified by fine racking. With a ruby red robe, a summer berry bouquet and core of garrigue fruit offset by fresh acidity, it is fuller-bodied than many rosés and pairs well with substantial salads, crab and lobster. Completing a stellar stable is the magnificent Château Simone rouge – an admirable blend of Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre and Cinsault along with small volumes of rarer varieties. After being vinified in vats with regular 'pumping over' of juice for 2 to 3 weeks, the wine is matured in small casks for 8 months and then larger barrels for a further year. Redolent of wild berries, herbs, black pepper and game and supported by firm tannins, it ages very well and can mature gracefully for 10 to 20+ years. A Provençal daube or rose veal osso bucco would be apposite food pairings.

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  1. Château Simone Rosé 2020
    Bottle
    £42.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £510.00
  2. Château Simone Rouge 2018
    Bottle
    £45.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £540.00
  3. Château Simone Rouge 2017
    Magnum
    £95.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £570.00
  4. Château Simone Blanc 2018
    Bottle
    £45.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £540.00
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