Chateau Simone 2018 Palette Rose AOC (Wooden Box)
Item Number: 12898
Sub Region: Provence
Appellation/AVA: Palette AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 45% Grenache / 30% Mourvèdre / 5% Cinsault / 20% Other
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Residual Sugar(g/L): < 3 g/l
Total Acidity: 3.8-3.9 g/l
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Limestone scree
Vineyard Notes: Simone’s rosé is always produced from the same plot of organically farmed old vines—an interplanted mélange of various varieties between 50 and 100+ years of age. Primarily Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah, there’s also Carignan, Muscat Noir, Manosquin, and Castet in the mix. The north-facing orientation of Chateau Simone’s distinctive amphitheater of vineyards ensures an elegance and acidity rare for this warm southerly climate.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are pressed and aged together. The Palatte Rose is produced half from whole-cluster direct-press juice and half via saignée. Simone Rosé ferments naturally—the Rougiers have never inoculated a wine, fearing any outside influence on the robust yeast population of their labyrinthine subterranean cellar—and is aged on the fine lees in a combination of well-used foudres and demi-muids for the better part of a year. Temperature control blocks malolactic fermenation. This wine is both unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: The Château Simone Rosé is a wine that belies the notion that rosés are simple wines to be drunk up young. This is a rosé fit to age, with 10+ year old vintages displaying the superb tenacity, vibrancy and complexity of this very serious wine. Aged in barrel, it is powerful and age-worthy with a steely character and a grey-tinted aura to the faded rose-petal robe.
95pts (2015 Vintage) Decanter 8/1/2017
"One of the iconic rosés. A beautiful, deep pinkish bronze color with exotic dried cherry and pomegranate fruit. Surprisingly tannic with the texture and mouthfeel of a red wine; it repaid decanting."