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2006 Château Simone Palette Blanc (750ml)
Producer: Château Simone chateau-simone.fr
Appellation: Palette - Provence - France (AOC)
Type: white
Varietal: Clairette - Grenache Blanc - Ugni Blanc - Bourboulenc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
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rated (2003 vintage, 750ml bottle) : February 16, 2006 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"Mon Dieu! A Provencal white for darn near $30? Not cheap, it's true. But stop for a minute and consider that this is no simple quaffer of a wine. It hails from Palette, one of the smallest and most exclusive appellations in all of France. It is, in a sense, a sort of Provencal monopole, since Chateau Palette owns nearly all the acreage in this tiny 23-hectare zone. Their vines are old, too. In some cases, more than 100-years old. The Simone Blanc is composed primarily of Clairette, with some Grenache Blanc and other local varieties. The white is fermented in small foudres and is then racked into barriques and left on the lees for one year. As it does not undergo malolactic fermentation (thanks to the very cool cellars of this historic chateau) the wine also exhibits great natural acidity.This is truly one of the Grand Vins of Southern France! We're talking elegance, concentration and length here, and, yes, it's age-worthy too! Rich and textured, with notes of hazelnut, bartlett pear and meyer lemon, this exceptional white is superb on its own or with a grilled dorade stuffed with provencal herbs! Enjoy 2006-20013." Best 2006-2013
tasted (2002 vintage, 750ml bottle) : June 13, 2008 , Raivo Havam
5 stars "Color: bright; Nose: complex; Acidity: supple; Sweetness: dry; Finish: persistent; Overall: rich; "