Turning Expectations on Their Head:
2014 Simone Palette Blanc

Posted by Joe Salamone

Sun-soaked Provence may be the last place you'd look for an aristocratic and age-worthy white wine.

Château Simone's Blanc takes these expectations and turns them on their head.

Simone Blanc is one of the most important and fascinating white wines that we know.

It's an emphatically singular wine and trying to situate it is not easy. Making the effort, though, reveals the level that the wine works on. You can think of Simone Blanc as sharing a kinship with the best examples of Hermitage Blanc and Bordeaux Blanc.

Château Simone's Blanc is profoundly textural and complex. It has the regal breeding, finesse and multifaceted personality that makes us constantly return to the wine.

The Rougier family of Château Simone has made wine in Palette for two centuries and they basically define this small and singular appellation. The soils in Palette are limestone and are unusual in that they face north and thus experience much less of Provence's intense sunlight. The blend is also pretty unusual. It's mainly Clairette along with Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Bourboulenc, Muscat Blanc, Picpoul, Furmint and Sémillon - some from vines over 150 years old.

Regardless of vintage, you get an exceedingly graceful wine with loads of minerality, herbs, pine resin and various stone fruits, all of which intermingle seamlessly.

The 2014 flaunts the harmonious, vividly layered side of Simone's Blanc. For all of its textural presence, Simone's Blanc is often an extremely subtle wine requiring years to hint at its true profundity. The 2014 is less shy and already making its fascinating nuance felt. Already there's a thrilling mysterious depth.

We created 4-packs, because this is something that you'll want in your cellar. For all the complexity, elegance and ageability that it offers, this wine offers serious value. Equally important, it offers some of the greatest vinous excitement that we know.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits