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 : 2014
- Alcohol degree : 13.5 %
- Storage potential : More than 10 years
- Volume : ¨75 cl
Presentation of the vineyard
Château Simone is located in Meyreuil, located in the small Provencal appellation Palette, 4 km outside the city of Aix-en-Provence. Château Simone is one of the 4 independent wineries representing the 45 hectare micro-appellation. The beautiful main building of Château Simone was originally a bastide belonging to Les Grandes Carmes d'Aix, that the Rougier family bought in 1830. Jean Rougier became the person who restructured the vineyard after the phylloxera disaster and contributed to the creation of the Palette appellation, approved in 1948. The vineyard is located on the north side of the Montaiguet massif, in protection of the mistral wind and favored by a particular microclimate. Several lesser known grape varieties are cultivated such as téoulier, durif, castet and 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.