Pierre Henri Morel Cotes du Rhone Blanc and Chateau Simone
Pierre Henri Morel
Yes, you read correctly, this is a white Côtes du Rhône. I’m sure you are more than familiar with its red counterpart, and now is your chance to try this amazing white wine at a fantastic price. For me, Côtes du Rhône Blanc is a perfect winter white. This wine is full in body with a luscious mouth coating viscosity that almost suggests a creaminess. Despite the body and creaminess, this is not an oaky wine that hits you over the head with vanilla or butter flavors. Notes of peach and dried apricot fruit intermingle with mineral and herbal characteristics. The weight of this wine is matched by its freshness, making it a wonderful wine to pair with heartier winter dishes. Think pasta with cream sauce, roast foul, or just about any kind of pork dish. This wonderfully complex wine has always been a favorite of mine!
Chateau Simone sits on a piece of land in southern France where grapes have seemingly always been grown. This is, in more ways than one, a truly singular wine. For one thing, the appellation Palette covers about 43 hectares, and 15 of those belong to Simone with the rest being pine forest. For another, this wine drinks nothing like a southern French wine, this wine is all about elegance and it’s not really like anything else. The 2008 vintage shows a truly lovely linear, mineral character – a “precise” wine if ever there was one. It is a fresh white, with hints of pine-notes, a wine fermented in wood that shows no trace of wood flavors, the wood being a tool, not an ingredient.