A rich and elegant wine with some great freshness.
clos de la simonette 2011 possess fine and ripe tannins. A great bottle!
The 2011 Saint-Chinian Clos de la Simonette comes from steep, south-facing plots and is a blend of 65% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache and 15% Carignan, that spent 18 months in a combination of demi-muid (25% new) and tank. Slightly reductive at first, it blossoms in the glass to show pretty dark berry fruits, big minerality, chocolate and plenty of spice characteristics that flow to a medium-bodied, supple and impressively textured and balanced feel on the palate. Already delicious, it should, nevertheless, evolve gracefully through 2021.
|Varietal(s)||Mourvèdre (65%), Grenache (20%), Carignan (15%)|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (15)|
Deep colour. Some attractive red fruits, ripe purple plum accented by bay leaf on the nose. Quite spicy. Good balance of youthful fruit and structured tannins. Quite elegant, tight knit and long, with ageing potential.
Roasted chicken, red meat and games.
Clay-limestone. Mourvedre is on steep terraced hillsides, Grenache is on very rocky plot.
Organic farming. Gobelet pruning. Hand harvest.
Fully destemmed. Fermented 4 weeks and aged on lees for 12 months in new (a part of Mourvedre), one-to-four wine demi-muids and in vats (Carignan).
Isabelle Champart and her husband Matthieu arrived in St. Chinian in 1976, from the north of France. Their estate began as a run-down house surrounded by 8 ha. They slowly developed their vineyards, and until 1988 they sent their grapes to the coop. Altogether they now have sixteen hectares. They bottle some of the most nuanced, pure, and delicious wines in the Languedoc. The Champarts’ often steep chalk-clay hillsides that favor Mourvedre and their nearly 300m-high rocky plateau with its walled-in Syrah and Carignan conduce to blends of unusually elegant interplay between fruit, animal, and mineral elements.