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Simone 2018: An extraordinary cuvée born from a remarkable terroir

Born from a remarkable terroir, Simone embodies the soul of Château de Pommard. 

Famille Carabello-Baum and Château de Pommard are thrilled to reveal Simone 2018, the newest vintage of the estate’s iconic wine from the Clos Marey-Monge. With 1,800 bottles produced in the most generous years, Simone is the family’s rarest cuvée—available by allocation only.

The delicacy, intensity, and structure of a red wine strongly depend on the quality of the internal surface of clay contained in the soil. The higher the internal density, the more a vineyard can produce grand cuvées. With an internal surface density of 736 square meters per gram, Simone holds Burgundy’s record, beating the greatest Grands Crus of the region. Why force Nature? Emmanuel Sala, Château de Pommard’s winemaker, is convinced that this rich and intense Pinot Noir does not need human intervention to express itself fully.

“The winemaking of Simone is unique. The wine will only reveal its full potential on its own, with minimum intervention,” noted Emmanuel Sala, Château de Pommard and Famille Carabello-Baum’s winemaker.

In 2016, Château de Pommard began its biodynamic journey in the Clos Marey-Monge, a 20-hectare monopole in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or region. Starting with Simone, horses have replaced machines, chemicals are banned, and in place, all-natural preparations are used. Simone’s vines are more robust, demonstrating vigor and the ability to fight pests and diseases on their own. Five years into the conversion, the wines are more honest and energetic, displaying extra intensity on the nose and vibration on the palate.

Simone 2018

“Powerful and delicate, our Simone 2018 is adorned with a dark, deep ruby color and violet undertones. The nose is electric, full of energy. It distills a captivating aromatic bouquet of fresh roses, dried flowers, musk, undergrowth, and graphite. The palate is fresh and vibrant: this wine is alive. The very tight tannic structure is remarkably silky and velvety. With its long, vibrant, and saline finish, this very deep cuvée will offer the same energy for the next 30 years.”

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