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92 Pt. Châteauneuf du Pape 2018 Château Simian Le Traversier

92 Pt. Châteauneuf du Pape 2018 Château Simian Le Traversier

Mastering great Chateauneuf-du-Pape entails matching the appellation's diverse terroir to the myriad of allowable grape varieties, then producing a blend that delights the palate and maintains a consistent house style. Vigneron Jean-Pierre Serguier and his son, Florian, make it look easy with their 2018 'Le Traversier' cuvee, a seamless union of the blue and black fruit's strength with an earthy, umami subtlety. Enjoy with a lamb kafta or eggplant tartare while the discount is deep and supplies last!
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Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Tech Notes Wine Advocate The Wine Cellar Insider Jeb Dunnuck Jancis Robinson
By Chateau Simian
Chateauneuf du Pape Le Traversier Red 2018

Vineyard
The oldest vines on the property, planted in 1880 by Hippolyte Serguier, remain in use. The vineyard is located in the northern area of Chateauneuf du-Pape: Palestor, Cabrieres, La Bertaude. It consists of 5 hectares of vines aged 30 to 130 years on clayey-sandy soil with limestone pebbles for Grenache, sandy for Syrah. Plowing and natural grass occurs between the rows. Only a very low dose of copper, sulfur, and herbal tisanes are used to protect the vineyard (certified organic and biodynamic since 2008.)

Traditional Vinification
On October 9th, manually picked and sorted grapes were transported from the vineyard to the winery in small boxes of 600 liters. They were then destemmed, crushed, and put in cement vats maintained at 25-30 degrees C. After which, 25 days total maceration and daily punching the cap occurred. Light filtration and bottling followed in May 2020.

Tasting Notes
Brilliant ruby and slightly purple color, very expressive nose of black cherry mixed with humus, licorice, rosemary, menthol slightly camphor with notes of strawberries, lavender, and blood orange. The palate is centered on pure Grenache fruit: smooth, fruity, round red fruit jam, suave, juicy, elegant, fine, deep lickerish with a good balance and without excess power. The final licorice note highlights beautifully textured tannins that are already silky and soft.

Wine Details
Grape Varietal: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Counoise
Yields: 35.00 hl/ha
Serving Notes: This racy Chateauneuf du Pape pairs perfectly with any meat, poultry nature, wild roast, or stew. Serve at 16-17 degrees C. Open between 2020 and 2027.
[Information provided by Chateau Simian]
2018 Chateau Simian Chateauneuf du Pape le Traversier
Producer: Chateau Simian
From: France, Rhone, Southern Rhone, Chateauneuf du Pape
Color: Red
Type: Table
Sweetness: Dry
Variety: Proprietary Blend
Rating: 92
Reviewed by: Joe Czerwinski
Issue Date: 30th Oct 2020
Source: Issue 251 End of October 2020, The Wine Advocate
Drink Date: 2020 - 2027
The certified organic and biodynamic 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape le Traversier features seductive aromas of tea, roses, garrigue, raspberries, and cherries. While not overly concentrated, it's medium to full-bodied and silky in texture, with a degree of elegance, complexity, and length on the finish that recalls the excellent 2016.
2018 Chateau Simian Chateauneuf-du-Pape Le Traversier
Points: 91
Medium-bodied, elegant, silky, refined and soft, the wine is ripe, floral and juicy with a beautiful purity to the sweet, ripe red fruits.
Tasted Oct 12, 2020
2018 Chateau Simian Chateauneuf Du Pape Le Traversier
Producer: Chateau Simian
Location: France, Rhone, Southern Rhone, Chateauneuf du Pape
Color: Red
Rating: 90
Tasting Date: 10/6/2020
Maturity: 2020 - 2030
Reviewed By: Jeb Dunnuck
Source: Southern Rhone: The Charming, Provencal 2018s and the More Concentrated, Classic 2019s
...2018 Chateauneuf Du Pape Le Traversier was destemmed and brought up all in concrete tank. This beautifully Provencal 2018 offers lots of framboise and ripe cherry-driven fruits as well as notes of sappy spring flowers, peppery garrigue, and spice, medium-bodied richness, the round, supple, elegant style of the vintage, and a good finish. It’s loaded with charm, and I would happily drink bottles any time over the coming 8-10 years.
Ch Simian, Le Traversier 2018 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Producer: Ch Simian
Cuvee: Le Traversier
Appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Region: Southern Rhone
Country: France
Colour: Red
Score: 13/20
Published on: 25 Nov 2019
Date tasted: 7 Oct 2019
Reviewer: Richard Hemming MW
Tasted blind. Odd nose, mousy palate, altogether unstable. (RH)
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