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Ruth Simpson

Ruth Simpson

I am Ruth Simpson, I own Domaine Sainte Rose with my husband Charles. We moved to the Languedoc in 2002 to live our dream.

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Sweet Sainte Rose 2015

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:31 Published in Wine talks

Sweet Sainte Rose 2015


We are extremely excited to introduce a new product to the Sainte Rose range!  This is the first time we have released a sweet wine and we’re delighted with it!  Made from late harvested Roussanne grapes, which were beginning to show signs of botrytis, this single varietal sweetie is one of a kind!  We picked the grapes in October 2015 and having started primary fermentation, the juice was transferred to one year old barrels to finish fermentation and age for 12 months.  Because of the concentration and high sugar content of the grapes, the wine finished fermentation at 15.5%, thus is classified as Vin de France and bottled in 50cl bottles.  It has a beautiful burnished gold colour with a soft almond and delicate honeysuckle nose.  Delicious orchard fruit flavours emerge on the palate with excellent acidity and a prolonged finish.  Serve off chilled with cheese!


This wine will be available to the trade from Simpsons Wine Imports in the UK and direct to the consumer from the Sainte Rose website www.sainterose.com very soon, retailing at £12.99 per bottle.


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2016 Pre-Vintage Update!

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:56 Published in Wine talks

Pre-Vintage Update!


The temperatures are rising at Sainte Rose and we are busy preparing for our 15th harvest!  We are looking forward to this harvest even more than usual as we have lots of new equipment to use that will both enhance the quality of the wine we produce and improve our efficiency during this very taxing and stressful period.  With the help of European grant funding our biggest new investment is a brand new 100hl Xpert press from Bucher Vaslin!  This magnificent beast of a press is not only impressive to look at but impressive in its functionality.  It is fully automated with an exceptional range of programming that can be adapted according to grape variety and wine style that you wish to produce.  It monitors the flow rate, senses when the juice collection tray needs to be pumped to the tank and even cleans itself automatically, so it really will transform the way we receive and process our grapes.


In addition to the press, we have replaced our original cold water cooling system for the tanks with a glycol cooling system and must chiller.  This is a far more technically advanced and effective system that will reduce the temperature of the juice for cold settling as it enters the winery and will significantly reduce the amount of energy used during this process.  We have replaced old inefficient pumps with new remote controlled devices that will make work in the winery more streamlined and effective.  This includes a flotation pump that we will use for settling some grape juice prior to fermentation as an alternative to cold settling.  This is a more rapid process, results in less lees and less wine losses through racking, though it will not be used for more aromatic and delicate juices or for our top of the range wines.  


Given the cooler start to the growing season and fluctuations in temperature, 2016 will not be an early harvest.  It is likely that we will harvest some Chardonnay early next week for our sparkling base wine, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for still coming later that week or into the following for still wine production.  The longer hang time will only enhance flavours and happily the weather is looking stable for the foreseeable.  Look out for updates over the coming weeks as we progress through the Sainte Rose harvest 2016!

Autumn 2015 News!

Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:59 Published in Wine talks



First 2015 Vintage bottled

Harvest 2015 was long and tiring, but ultimately very successful and we have been delighted with the quality of the wines as they begin to age in their respective barrels or tanks.  No such ageing is necessary for our hugely successful, fresh and vibrant rosé wines, the grapes for which were picked way back in August!  The first of our 2015 Rosés are already bottled, are on their way to their respective clients and will be available before Christmas in the UK!  Gone are the days when Rosé is saved for the summer, these are deliciously drinkable and a perfect, festive pink aperitif!


Exclusive Naked Wines UK Super Premium 2014 Syrah Released

We’re delighted to announce the release of the Cuvée Spéciale MMXIV, which was showcased at the Naked Wines Christmas tastings a week ago.  2014 was such an exceptional year for reds at Sainte Rose, particularly the rhone red varieties, that we though if there was any year we could make a super premium red it was then! Our grafted Syrah block yielded particularly concentrated, quality fruit and it was from this that we created this special cuvée, which is a statuesque, powerful and deeply flavoured single varietal Syrah matured in new and one year old french oak.  


2016 Investments

In any good business, reinvestment in infrastructure and equipment is fundamental to ongoing success so following our 14th harvest at Sainte Rose, we are planning significant investment in both the vineyards and the winery.  Replacement of the pump and filter for our bore hole is top of the list for viticultural items along with the extension of our drip irrigation system into the Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards.  We are also going to replace our 3 row Hardy foliar sprayer in order to treat the vines more efficiently and effectively.  In the winery the top of the list is a brand new 100hl Bucher Vaslin press, which is double the size of our current press and will make processing the volume of grapes that we are now producing so much easier and efficient.  A new extended refrigeration system is equally important along with a must chiller and flotation pump.  

Harvest 2015

Saturday, 19 September 2015 06:21 Published in Wine talks

Harvest 2015


The past 6 weeks have been a hectic rollercoaster of picking and processing, but we are pleased to say that almost all 36 hectares worth of grapes and juice are now safely in the winery at Sainte Rose being carefully monitored through primary fermentation!  What is left is a few rows of our older block of Roussanne, which we have left on the vine to concentrate in flavour and pick up some noble rot, with a view to making a limited edition late harvest sweet wine!


It has been a strange harvest, with periods of intense activity interspersed with nervous weather watching as a number of storms blew through the region.  In our particular area, none of the storms were as violent or wet as predicted by the forecasters and had no adverse effects on fruit quality.  They did however provide a bit of respite from the long hours of picking and processing in order to manage the increasing workload in the winery.


The fruit and subsequent juice quality has been excellent this year with clean, healthy fruit, good yields and fantastic flavours.  The vinification work is ongoing in the winery, but it is looking like a very good year!

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