This historic estate holds a virtual monopoly on the appellation of Palette. Château Simone encompasses twenty hectares of vineyards that sit on limestone soils on the slopes of Montaiguet. All of the grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, lightly pressed and fermented for 15 to 20 days in small wooden vats with only wild yeast, then put into small foudre to rest on the lees. The red from Simone is an elegant wine of great depth. It is primarily composed of Grenache and Mourvedre but its special character reflects the presence of a melange other grape varieties, including Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan, Castet, Manosquin, Theoulier, Tibouren, Picpoul Noir and Muscat de Hambourg. The wine is a classic that deserves to be aged in order to best appreciate its many nuances.
Jean-François can be found in the sleepy hamlet of La Combe, below the main village of Rotalier. From his modest 8.5 acres of vines -all owned, except one hectare rented, he makes up to 40 cuvees to capture the various terroir, grape varieties and winemaking styles that he feels represent the best of the Jura.