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2017 Simone, Chateau Palette Rouge

750 ml


Type: Still

Country: France

Region: Provence

Distict / Appellation: Palette

Item No. 25054

About This Wine

Tasting Château Simone simply redefines what's possible in Provence. Compared to the rest of the Provençal wines, Chateau Simone stands out for its balance, refinement, and poise.

Of course, to a large extent, this is a story of terroir. Château Simone and the Palette appellation occupy a very special place: that unique combination of environmental factors that result in something that seems impossible to reproduce elsewhere. The principle of terroir at its most relevant, at its purest.

Wine writer Andrew Jefford says that "the Simone vineyards are unusual in every respect." That observation is certainly spot on. Beyond familiar grapes, like Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah, you'll find completely obscure varietals lending their voices to the blend - Tibouren, Picpoul Noir, Theoulier, Castet, and Manosquin.

One of the stranger facts here is that the vineyards face north. This unique exposition means the vines get enough light, but not too much. This, combined with the limestone soils and elevation of 500-750 feet, helps to create Simone's balance and sense of refinement. Simone's importer, Neal Rosenthal, is also keen on citing the pine forest of Mont Sainte-Victoire playing an essential but elusive role in the terroir that manifests itself in an herbal, pine resin, spice quality.

We were very impressed by Simone's 2017 Rouge. It has a beautiful finesse, clarity, and drive. There's a very complex layering of herbs and pine notes, with dark fruits and a tightly wound core of minerality.

Château Simone is an absolutely fascinating wine that's impossible to pin down. This combined with its track record for aging and its sheer uniqueness makes us strongly recommend that you take advantage of the special 4-pack pricing.

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