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Chateau Simone - Provence - Les Grands Carmes de Simone - rose - 2019 - 750 ml

Chateau Simone - Provence - Les Grands Carmes de Simone - rose - 2019 - 750 ml

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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

Grenache 45%, mourvèdre 30%, cinsault 5%, merlot 20%.

These rose winee is nervous with a strong colour and is well known for its body, freshness and the delicacy of its aromas. A dark garnet color marks this distinctive rosé right away, while the core of pomegranate, blood orange and cherry fruit bursts forth. Has a brisk tobacco streak in the background and rather rambunctious acidity coursing through the finish.

OUR NOTES

This historic estate, situated in the hills just south of Aix-en-Provence, has been in the hands of the Rougier family for two centuries and holds a virtual monopoly on the appellation of Palette. I have admired the wines of Chateau Simone and have followed the evolution of this domaine over the years. Now, many years after my initial introduction (1981) to the Rougiers, we have been asked to marry our work to theirs. It is our privilege to do so.

Chateau Simone encompasses twenty hectares of vineyards that sit on limestone soils at elevations between 500 and 750 feet above sea level on the slopes of Montaiguet. The special microclimate of this appellation is influenced by the encircling pine forests, the mass of Mont Sainte-Victoire, and the Arc River. The vineyards were reconstituted after the invasion of phylloxera and many vines are over a century old. The Rougiers maintain the particular vinification methods developed and cherished over many decades. For those of you who are not familiar with these wines, whether rouge, blanc or rosé, we believe you will find them to be compelling and unique.

All of the grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, lightly pressed and fermented for 15 to 20 days in small wooden vats with only wild yeast, then put into small foudre to rest on the lees. The white is predominantly Clairette, with small amounts of Grenache Blanc and Ugni Blanc, and a dash of Bourboulenc, Muscat Blanc, Picpoul, Furmint and Semillon.

TECHNICAL SHEET

 Country: France

 Region: Provence

Vineyard: Mainly on north-facing slopes, limestone scree soil.

Average Age: More than 30 years.

Varieties: Grenache 45%, mourvèdre 30%, cinsault 5%, merlot 20%.

Harvest: Hand harvested, when the grapes are fully mature. Grapes sorted at the vine and in the cellar.

Vinification: Light crushing, partial destemming, pressing with a vertical hydraulic press.

Storage, Maturing: Wood storage only, in small oak casks. Maintained on fine lees. Natural decanting by racking.