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The birth of Chateau Simian can be dated to 1920. That was the year when the owner of the property, Sophie Simian died with no family heirs to pass the vineyard on to. Instead, Marcelle Laudret, who was an employee that worked at Chateau Simian, inherited the estate.
Today, Chateau Simian is owned and managed by a direct descendant of the Laudret family, Jean Pierre Serguier. Over the past few years, the owner of the property has managed to increase the size of their vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape.
Chateau Simian Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Chateau Simian owns 6 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Their vines are in 3 main lieux-dits. They have plantings in Bertaude, Cabrieres and Caladas. Their oldest Grenache vines, which were planted in 1880 reside in Caladas. As you would expect, their terroir includes sand, rock, clay and limestone soils. They also own 20 hectares of vines located in the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation. They also produce a Vin de Pays wine. All their vineyard is done with biodynamic farming techniques. Chateau Simian has been certified for both Agriculture Biologique and Agriculture Biodynamique.
Chateau Simian produces 2 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 2 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc wines.
Chateau Simian Le Traversier made its debut with the 2011 vintage. The wine replaced what was bottled simply as Simian Chateauneuf du Pape. Le Traversier is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. The vines are on average at least 50 years of age. The grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place in either concrete tanks or stainless steel vats and the wine is aged for 8 months in demi-muids before bottling.
Chateau Simian Les Grandes Grenachieres d’Hippolyte made its debut with the 2007 vintage. The wine is made from 95% old vine Grenache from vines that are more than 80 years of age. The wine is a blend of 95% Grenache and the remaining 5% comes from various other allowable grape varieties. Yields for this cuvee are always quite low at close to 18 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes are destemmed. Vinification takes place in either concrete tanks or stainless steel vats. The wine is then aged in tank for between 10 to 12 months before bottling. Simian Les Grandes Grenachieres d’Hippolyte is not made year. the wine is only produced in the best vintages. As of 2014, the wine was released from the 2007, 2009 and 2010 vintages.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Font d’Hippolyte comes from blending 60% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Simian with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Chateau Simian is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Simian is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Chateau Simian is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Chaeau Simian is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Chateau Simian produced a regular red Chateauneuf du Pape wine that was discontinued after the 2011 vintage. That wine was replaced by the cuvee, Le Traversier. Interestingly, both wines were produced in the 2011 vintage.
Chateau Simian produces several wines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation that includes 3 red wines, 2 white wines and a rose’. They also produce several different Vin de Pay from both red and white wine grapes.
Château Simian Wine Tasting Notes
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Medium bodied, sweet, and bright, with crisp, red berries and a spicy, fresh, juicy, kirsch finish.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 638 Views
Medium bodied, forward, lighter, elegant, fresh style of wine for early drinking pleasure with a forward, cherry and strawberry center. This is not a wine to lay down, but a wine of pleasure.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 681 Views
Medium bodied, sweet and tart red berries with wild strawberry and herbs in a forward style. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault.
Sep 8, 2015points - Tasted 1275 Views
Low yields and Grenache from vines close to 100 years of age produced a super rich, lush, round, juicy wine packed with sweetness, kirsch, jam, pepper and herbs.
Sep 16, 2015points - Tasted 2008 Views
Produced from almost 100% old vine Grenache, this already delicious, supple, luscious wine combines hedonistic textures, fresh, ripe, sweet black raspberries, thyme and spicy kirsch sensations in a forward personality.
Dec 20, 2015points - Tasted 2229 Views
Medium bodied, fresh, lush and ready to go, with loads of sweet, peppery black raspberries and spicy kirsch notes.
Sep 16, 2015points - Tasted 1174 Views