A fantastic Cinderella, rags-to-riches story is at the origin of Château Simian. Around 1920 Sophie Simian, having no direct successors, left her vines to a dedicated worker, Marcelle. Marcelle went on to grow the vineyard with her husband, and their daughter married Yves Serguier, already a grower, in 1955. In 1981 Yves’ son, Jean Pierre took over his family’s estate and realized the dream of four generations of winemakers: the maturing and bottling of wine on his own estate. Today, Château Simian has three generations working side by side: Yves, Jean-Pierre, and his son Florian.

The estate owns twenty-five hectares of vineyards, six of them in Chateauneuf du Pape.

Certified Biodynamic, and practicing since 2008. The vines haven’t seen herbicide since 1994.

Certification: Certified Biodynamic

Le Traversier 2010

Varietals: Grenache 70% – Syrah 20% – Cinsaut 5% – Mourvedre 5%

Vinification Method: Hand harvested, destemmed before being crushed and put into cement tank. Maceration of 20 days with daily punch-downs. The wine is moved into demi-muids after the winter and spends 8 months there before going back into cement tank. The wine is bottled the second spring after harvest.