Château Simard

Bordeaux, France

Saint-Émilion – 2003

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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

    • In Bordeaux, 2003 began well, with a cool, wet winter building water reserves in the soil. Signs that this vintage would be out of the ordinary first came in late March, with warm, dry weather prompting very early budbreak. May was stormy, which affected flowering. Reduced yields were now inevitable, a fact exacerbated by the hot summer that followed. This was Europe’s heat-wave year, with one of the earliest harvests on record.

    • Harvest Date(s): Merlot: September 8-19; Cabernet Franc: September 24-25
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In concrete vats
    • Maceration: 30 days
    • Aging: In concrete vats and bottle in the cellars
    • Bottled: April 2005
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
    • Cases Imported: 3,600 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: (12/750ml)
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Brilliant ruby color with some brick tones.The nose has aromas of ripe, red fruit, plum jam and leather with a touch of cinnamon. In the mouth the wine is both silky and fleshy, with a full and round structure. This wine can be enjoyed with red meats, stews and grillade. It is well aged and ready for drinking now.