2012 Chateau Simone Rosé. Grand Cru de Provence. Appellation Palette Controlee, France. 14%

Okay everyone, this is one serious Rosé and we are lucky to have it available here in Australia. Let me explain.

Earlier this year, I was in Paris on holiday with my family. As one does, I went shopping in a well regarded wine shop hoping to pick up a few wines that we just don’t get in Australia. Got chatting with the resident wine expert and he pointed out the red wine of Chateau Simone. Told him I had liked it and was available in Australia. I asked if they had any of the Rosé in stock and was promptly told “Oh, that’s just impossible. No one can get their hands on that.” The chap refused to believe me when I told him that it’s available in Australia and that I had actually tried it.

2012 Chateau Simone Rosé 1     2012 Chateau Simone Rosé 2

Last year I reviewed the 2011 version of this Rosé and loved it, but I think the 2012 is a small step up in intensity and quality.

This is made from a blend of 45% Grenache 30% Mourvèdre 5% Cinsault 20% Syrah, with the remainder coming from Castet, Manosquin, Carignan & various Muscats. Spent 8-12 months in oak on fine lees. The region of Palette is a small one and is not far from Aix en Provence in France.

My notes from the 2011 vintage could almost be used here.

Flavours of juicy pomegranate, rosehip, longan and fresh lychee, along with savoury hints of fresh ginger. There’s a slight nutty, bready influence from the time spent on lees. Nettle / rocket edge that makes your mouth tingle and reach for another glass.

Taut, dry and intense in the mouth.

On day 2, this was even better with more juicy, sweet fruit characters emerging.

This is one seriously good Rosé.

Sample from Airoldi Fine Wines. RRP $80. I believe the 2011 is still available at Steves Fine Wine and Food in Nedlands.

Tasted 29th July 2014.

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.

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