Château Simard

Bordeaux, France

Saint-Émilion – 1999

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée
    • Size: 40 hectares (98.84 acres)
    • Vine Age: Average of 30 years
    • Soil: Clay with sand and gravel
    • Density: 5,000-12,600 vines/hectare (2,025-5,100 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 1999 vintage was a very large one in Bordeaux. Summer crop thinning was necessary to concentrate flavors. A few storms in August led to the threat of rot and mildew but a greater problem was the heavy rain in late September. Fortunately, this Saint-Émilion property was able to pick before the rain and keep yields to normal levels.

    • Average Yields: 45 hectoliters/hectare (3.33 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In concrete vats
    • Maceration: 30 days
    • Aging: In concrete vats and bottle in the cellars
    • Bottled: April 2001
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Nice, mature wine, ready to drink. Russet red color with an auburn rim. Elegant style, with ripe red plum aromas, hints of cedar, raspberry and marzipan that open in the glass. Round tannins are prominent; muted red currant on the palate. Medium-bodied, delicate and restrained, but shows itself upon aeration.