France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Béziers

Wines from the Faugères, Saint Chinian and Minervois areas
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 11 February 2010
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Domaine Siméoni

Address: Route de Berlou, 34360 Prades-sur-Vernazobre
Tel: 04 67 93 78 92 or 06 99 40 66 62 (mobile)  Fax: 04 67 93 78 92
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:26:55N (43.44856)    Longitude: 2:59:0E (2.98320) 

Another cutting-edge organic estate (right from the beginning: they set themselves up in the region in 2001), cordial couple Sylvie and Franck Siméoni’s Saint-Chinian La Toure (mostly 100 year-old Carignan) and L'Ame des Schistes (Syrah and Mourvèdre) stand out in particular. They also make super Vin de Pays varietal wines, imaginatively packaged and with a sense of humour: stripy Mourvèdre red and rosé, a Syrah called La Tête à l'Envers ('head inside out or wrong way round') and a Carignan Vin de Crise ('crisis wine')! Commendably, they no longer use any wood for ageing their reds (rich fruit is their by-word); and have launched a punchy Syrah rosé. The purchase of a further 5ha of vineyard marks a gentle expansion, which is being converted to organics.

Useful information: You must make an appointment here as their time is divided between Prades (home/office), the cellar in Cazouls-lès-Béziers and vineyard plots spread here and there!


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