Château Simone - White
The white Château Simone is made from 80% Clairette, 10% Grenache Blanc, 6% Ugni Blanc, 2% Bourboulenc and 2% Muscat Blanc. The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted immediately before being transferred in 40 kg baskets. In the cellar, the grapes are sorted again. The grapes are then lightly pressed so they burst (foulage) and are then let to drip (égouttage) to create the "moût de goutte". This, before pressing the rest of the grapes which gives the "vin de presse". The rest after the press is then broken down and is mixed into the wine for a new press (rebêchage). A partial clarification is done (débourbage) before the fermentation. The final wine is stored on oak - first in larger "foudre" for 6 months on the lies of the wine, then for 1 year on oak barrels.
- Country : France
- Region : Provence
- Grape variety : Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Bourboulenc, Muscat Blanc
- Classification : AOP Palette
- Awards : 91/100 The Wine Advocate
- Color : White
- Vintage : 2015
- Alcohol degree : 13.5 %
- Storage potential : More than 10 years
- Volume : ¨75 cl
Presentation of the vineyard
Château Simone is located in Meyreuil in the small Provençal appellation of Palette, located 4 km outside the town of Aix-en-Provence. Château Simone is one of 4 vineyards included in the 45-hectare micro-appellation. The beautiful main building was basically a bastide belonging to Les Grandes Carmes d'Aix, which the Rougier family bought in 1830. Jean Rougier renovated the vineyard after the phylloxera disaster and he also contributed to the creation of the Palette appellation approved in 1948. The winery is located on the north side of the Montaiguet massif, in protection of the wind and favored by a special microclimate. Several unfamiliar grape varieties arecultivated in the vineyard such as téoulier, durif, castet as well as the white terret bouret, pascal, aragnan and colombard.
A golden yellow beautiful color that turns into a stronger goldish color with storage. A floral and white fruit-inspired nose with lightly oaky tones. The palate is round and generous, but with acidity and great elegance. Can be stored several years. To pair with a grilled fish, boiled lobster or a cheese tray.