Chateau Simard - Saint Emilion Grand Cru - 2011 - 375 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
"The dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by loads of cassis and cherry jam notes intermixed with hints of licorice, incense, roasted herbs and underbrush. Full, fleshy and already irresistible, this 2011 should drink well for a decade. One of the finest Simards made in many years, this estate has gotten serious now that proprietor Alain Vauthier is overseeing the winemaking. From a well-placed vineyard planted in decomposed limestone below Pavie, this sleeper of the vintage is a St.-Emilion fruit bomb."
Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate
This vintage shows the classical characteristics of Saint Emilion, with plum, cherry, bramble fruit and tobacco. Medium bodied, the soft textured tannins are still present in good measure and well balanced with the acidity that brings to a persistent finish.
Château Simard’s vineyard has excellent exposure and predominantly clay soil mixed with sand and gravel. Château Simard’s classical, refined style can be attributed not only to its fine vineyard location but also to its traditional winemaking practices. The blend each year reflects the vineyard’s makeup of Merlot blended with Cabernet Franc. Elegant and balanced upon release, Château Simard expresses its deep roots in Bordeaux’s famous Right Bank. The wines from Saint-Émilion are known for being sumptuous, with smooth tannins and the ability to age over long periods of time. Château Simard produces only one wine. It is classically elegant, with a refined style that results not only from the excellent vineyard location, but also from traditional winemaking methods employed at the château.
Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée
Size: 40 hectares (98.84 acres)
Vine Age: Average of 35 years
Soil: Clay with sand and gravel
Density: 2,200-5,040 vines/acre
Fermentation: In concrete vats
Maceration: Approximately 30 days, depending on the vats.
Varietal Composition: 65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc
Production: 1,000 cases (12x375ml)