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Category: Provence

Château Simone

Located just south of Aix-en-Provence, Château Simone is set on twenty hectares of vineyards on limestone terroir. The special microclimate of this appellation is influenced by the encircling pine forests, the mass of Mont Sainte-Victoire, and the Arc River. The vineyards were reconstituted after the invasion of phylloxera and many vines are over a century old. The Rougiers maintain the particular vinification methods developed and cherished over many decades.

All of the grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, lightly pressed and fermented for 15 to 20 days in small wooden vats with only wild yeast, then put into small foudre to rest on the lees. The white is predominantly Clairette, with small amounts of Grenache Blanc and Ugni Blanc, and a dash of Bourboulenc, Muscat Blanc, Picpoul, Furmint and Sémillon. Fermentation takes place at a relatively warm 68 degrees and aged for one year in 20–30 hl casks then one year in older barrels. The red is an elegant wine of great depth composed of Grenache and Mourvèdre and small additions of Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castet, Manosquin, Théoulier, Tibouren, Picpoul Noir and Muscat de Hambourg. The rosé is the exact same blend.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Château Simone Pallette Blanc

Château Simone Pallette Rosé

Château Simone Pallette Rouge

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Château Pradeaux

Château Pradeaux is the unique, inimitable, standard-bearer for the ancient wine-growing district of Bandol. The estate has been in the hands of the Portalis family since before the French Revolution. In fact, Jean-Marie-Etienne Portalis, who inherited the estate in 1752, helped draft the Napoleonic Code and assisted at the negotiation of the Concordat under Napoleon the First. The estate was devastated during the French Revolution and suffered the effects of the phylloxera epidemic in the 19th century. Suzanne Portalis and her daughter, Arlette, retreated to the domaine during World War II and undertook to revive the domaine. The domaine is currently under the direction of Cyrille Portalis, the sole direct descendant of Suzanne and Arlette. He continues to maintain the great traditions of this estate and is assisted by his wife, Magali, and now his two sons, Etienne and Edouard. The vineyards are cultivated in as natural a manner as possible with reliance on organic methods. In fact, for many years during the spring months sheep grazed in the vineyards thereby eliminating any need to use herbicides and at the same time providing a natural compost. The wines of Pradeaux are brooding and difficult. Produced on the back of the noble Mourvèdre, Pradeaux in its youthful stages is tannic, backward and sometimes ornery. The wines are not destemmed; élevage in large oak foudres can last as long as four years. Only vines of more than 25 years of age used for the reds.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Château Pradeaux Bandol Rouge

Château Pradeaux Bandol Rouge “Cuvée Longue Garde”

Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé

Château Pradeaux Côtes de Provence Rosé

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Commanderie de Peyrassol

Located in the heart of Provence, near routes traveled by Crusaders in the early Middle Ages, the Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded by the Knights Templar who were dedicated to protecting the Crusaders en route to, and in, the Holy Land. The first recorded harvest took place in 1256 and winemaking has continued uninterrupted throughout the centuries. When the Templars were brought down in 1311 by the King of France, the Knights of Malta became the fortunate owners of the Commanderie. They remained in control, flawlessly maintaining the vineyards until the French Revolution, when it was taken over by the State and eventually sold to the Rigord family in 1870. A century later Francoise Rigord decided to bottle and market the wines of the estate. In 2001, the Rigord family sold the property to Philippe Austruy. Thus, over the course of more than 750 years, this historic estate has only changed hands four time. Philippe Austruy has invested heavily in the property, modernizing the cellars and expanding the holdings. His nephew, Alban Cacaret, is responsible for the daily operations of the domaine. Peyrassol is rigorously maintained with organic principles, in full respect of the surrounding environment and the delicate balance of the local Mediterranean ecosystem. No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or fungicides are used in the vineyards. Organic sprays are used to help prevent chlorosis (nutrient deficiencies) and sheep manure is the only fertilizer used after planting. The age of the vines, the rocky terrain, and the hot, dry climate naturally restrict yields.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Château Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé

Commanderie de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé

La Croix de Peyrassol VdP Rouge

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