Chateau Simone 2020 Palette Rose AOC (Wooden Box)
Item Number: 16471
Sub Region: Provence
Appellation/AVA: Palette AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 45% Grenache / 30% Mourvedre / 5% Cinsault / 20% Other
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Limestone
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.
92pts (2019 Vintage) Wine Spectator 9/30/2021
"This bold, ruby-hued rosé shows lots of character with juicy blood orange, cherry and orange zest notes, interwoven with anise, cedar, rosewater and vivid mineral elements. Structured, with light tannins, this begs to be paired with food. Drink now thorugh 2024. 350 cases imported."