Charles & Ruth Simpson

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Charles & Ruth's Wines

Out of stock - more coming soon. In the meantime try Simpsons of Servian Blanc de Blancs Beora Reserve 2016

Out of stock - more coming soon. In the meantime try Katie Jones La Gare Blanc 2016

Out of stock - more coming soon. In the meantime try Simpsons of Servian Blanc de Blancs Beora Reserve 2016

Hard-working husband and wife team on a life-changing journey running wineries in England and France

    • Take Simon Templar, drop him and his sportscar in the middle of the Languedoc, and you'll get a vague idea of what's hit the French square between the eyes - namely Charles and his wife Ruth, Brits abroad, doing ridiculously good things with wine.
    • Charles and Ruth are absolutely nuts about wine - and considering he started tinkering around with it 10 years ago, we reckon they must appear on the gifted and talented list at winemaking college if their trophy cabinet is anything to go by.
    • Try their Syrah. It's super intense, rudely inexpensive and  - in our humble opinion - an absolute winner.

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Charles & Ruth Simpson's Story

"Ruth and I were living in an ex-KGB building in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the Caspian Sea.  We were recently married and in our quiet evenings began asking ourselves what was we wanted to do with the rest of our lives.  "Not this" was the response.  We started exploring, from a distance, the wine producing world and writing a sensible business plan.  We haven't looked back and the rest is history.

We know our area has a none-too glorious past, but we're making it our mission to change all that.  Our wines are as good if not better than those produced in other regions with historically better reputations.  As someone recently said, 'change is coming'.   It began in 2002 when we bought the Domaine with an ambition to create outstanding wine.  And we are ambitious people, each giving up high-flying, international careers to pursue our dream.  And so far, so good, with a few bumps along the way. From our 33 hectare vineyard we have produced wines that have won critical acclaim over successive vintages.  Jancis Robinson and Tim Atkins are but two of our admirers.  You can read their reviews along with the wine medals we've won and plaudits received from other critics on our website – sainterose.com .

We promise that the wines we make will both surprise and delight you and that we will change your mind about the Languedoc region's ability to produce exceptional wine."

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My wine adventure was kick started by Naked Wines. Before that I was probably used to finding supermarket bargains like Wolf Blass and Kumala. But a combination of my own maturing and hitting these forums as a New Angel in June 2015 led me down the path of far more engaging wine conversation and appreciation.<br /><br />If it’s any solace to Naked (worrying about their affect on the weak willed) I’ve seen similar epiphanies in my appreciation of craft beer, whisky and gin. <br /><br />I’m also now WSET level 2 as my interest in wine has taken me towards professional (or is that personal?) recognition.<br /><br />I am a gregarious sort I would say, but have sometimes been quite deliberately provocative, even challenging some of you may say. I certainly don’t mind playing Devils Advocate in a good old debate!<br /><br />Salut