One of the critical figures of Provencal Rose, Chateau Simone, based in Meyreuil just 2.5 miles outside of Aix en Provence, has been an incredible source. Though Tempier remains the iconic estate of this part of France, Chateau Simone shows off the complexity and depth of Rose with no equal. Palette is Chateau Simone's top Vineyard destination registered as an AOC in 1948 by Jean Rougier, whose family had owned the estate since 1835. Here on hillsides facing the famous Mt. Sainte Victoire some 50 hectares of Clairette, white Grenache, Bourboulenc, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault are planted on Langesse limestone. The vines on average are 50 years old, with the Rose coming to a precise, sophisticated blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault with secondary varieties including Syrah, Castet, Manosquin, Carignan, and Muscatel in different proportions accounting for the remaining 20%. Harvest is completed by hand with sorting in the vineyard and the cellar before a partial destemming followed by light crushing. The juice is transferred to small oak casks where it is vinified and maintained on the fine lees. As mentioned, this is the serious and deep side of Rose, with the structure and complexity akin to a great Rose Champagne. The Palette Rose is darker in color than most Rose's with more body but with no loss of elegance, showing brilliant red fruits, citrus peel, flower blossom, wild herbs, and minerals. One of the few Rose's that like to age generally becoming more savory with cellar time. We have the only bottles of the new 2020 vintage in the USA right now, which are very fresh and should be fantastic.