Chateau Simian Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Le Traversier", 2020
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The Châteauneuf-du-Pape region is the very first French appellation controlée wine (under the AOC system born in 1936). The area is famous for a wide range of varieties–18 in total permitted by the rules–that came from careful selection by generations of winemakers, whose priority was wine quality. Chateau Simian grows all 18 varieties allowed, as a nod to tradition, but focuses on several that they find suit best their soils and give wines that are smooth and enjoyable already in their youth.
Grapes: 70 % Grenache, 20 % Syrah, 5 % Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre
Vineyard: clay, sandstone, pebbles. Certified organic and biodynamic.
Making of: The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed before being crushed, and then put into a concrete tank for spontaneous fermentation. Macerated for 20 days with daily punch-downs. After pressing, the wine spends 18 months in tanks. Bottled after light filtration, the second spring after harvest.
Personality: flamboyant! Worthy of its famous, sunny terroir, this wine is all about spice & herbs (think pepper, aniseed, laurels and garrigue) mixed with sumptuous dark ripe fruit (blackberries, blueberries, plump black cherries) wrapped in a velvety texture. Ending on licorice for days and smoothed-out tannins, this will be perfect with any red meat with a wild touch – think dry-aged steaks with fresh herbs, game, or, for the pope-ly indulgent, the classic hare en civet…