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Tasting Notes: Chateau Simon Rouge is a tenacious but ultimately elegant wine. The pockets of old-growth vines of Syrah, Manosquin, Castet, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Muscat Noir that season the vineyards along with the influence of the pine-covered Mont Sainte Victoire are apparent in the flavors and aromas of the red wine of Simone and add to its stunning complexity.
About the Winery: This historic estate, situated in the hills just south of Aix-en-Provence, has been in the hands of the Rougier family since 1830 and holds a virtual monopoly on the appellation of Palette. Château 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.
Varietal: 45% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, with some Syrah, Manosquin, Castet, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Muscat Noir 20%.