Florian Serguier, the fifth generation to run this estate, helped his father complete the move to biodynamics, earning certification in 2011. Today he works with winemaker Pierre Chaupin, who favors spontaneous ferments and concrete tanks for the wines. The approach allows all the detail in the flavor to show through clearly: The 2017 smells of deep forest and damask rose, dusty spice and fennel. The plummy fruit has a slightly baked edge, as if it were concentrated by the heat of the sun. Still, the wine feels lithe and silky, the aromatic complexity accenting its length.
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Château Simian 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Traversier
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is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe for the magazine.
This story appears in the print issue of October 2021.
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