The history of the château illustrates the ongoing relationship between the vineyard and a long line of wine growers on an exceptional terroir. Located in the commune of Meyreuil and just four kilometres from Aix-en-Provence, the old bastide of the Grands Carmes d'Aix monks, now the Château Simone, has been in the hands of the Rougier family since 1830.
Old documents bear witness to the fact that vines have been cultivated here from time immemorial. The historic reputation of its wines has made Château Simone a prime example of the Provençal terroir. Their renown spread and the bottles, with the elegant classical presentation on the original label, found their way to the most prestigious tables and those of the finest gourmets.
Notes and Reviews
Wines of great distinction, with subtle aromas and an extremely complex bouquet permeating through a deep ruby-red colour. Robust and rich in noble tannins, these wines have good ageing potential.
Palette is a tiny appellation just east of Aix-en-Provence that in actuality consists of only one serious winemaking estate, the Château Simone. This tiny estate of 37 acres produces a surprisingly long-lived, complex red wine; a fairly oaky, old-styled rosé wine; and a muscular, full-bodied white wine that behaves as if it were from the northern Rhône Valley. Simone's wines are not inexpensive, but they do age extremely well and have always had a loyal following in France.
|Grape Varieties||Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault|
|Age of Vines||50+ years old|
|Vinification||Fermentation for 15-21 days in small tanks|
|Elevage||8 months in small new oak cask then 12 months in old oak barrels.|
|Soil Type||Tertiary limestone scree with clay, pebbles and gravel|