"One of the rare certified biodynamic Chateauneuf-du-Pape producers, and a generational family wine business. Chateau Simian sounds like a winery that might feature in an alternative universe where apes rule human slaves, but it’s actually a family name of a past owner of the vineyards. This wine is raised in concrete and large format oak barrels. It’s a blend of 70% grenache, 20% syrah, 5% mourvedre and 5% cinsault. It’s been a long time between CNDP wines for me.
A plush and lush red built around fruit sweetness and perfume, soft tannins and layers of spice. Scents of exotic spice, musk sticks, cherry and raspberry liquorice, flavours of ripe cherry, cherry cola, fennel and sweet mixed spice. Though quite soft and loose knit, it tightens on smudges of powdery tannin and finishes fresh with a lift of bright acidity. A big mouthful of soft, supple red wine, generous and pleasing in its way." 92 Points. Mike Bennie.
The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Traversier (70% Grenache and the balance Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault) gives up plenty of strawberry, blackberry, crushed pepper and dried herbs in a pretty, upfront, easy drinking style. It has lots to like and will drink nicely for 5-6 years. Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Jeb Dunnuck. October, 2015
'Wild fresh red floral aromas with gently spicy and earthy notes ahead of bright red plum fruits. The palate has a smooth, tangy and elegant shape to it. An attractive, fresh finish. Drink now.' 91 points James Suckling, jamessuckling.com