Saint-Émilion – 2004
Vineyard Manager: Laurent Vallet
- Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée
- Size: 40 hectares (98.84 acres)
- Vine Age: Average of 35 years
- Soil: Clay with sand and gravel
- Density: 5,000-6,600 vines/hectare (2,025-5,670 vines/acre)
- Training: Cordon de Royat
The 2004 growing season began with good flowering in the spring and warm summer months. August was rainy, but skies cleared in September. Harvest took place the last week of September and first week of October under clear skies, in warm and sunny weather. This wine has an aging potential of another 10 years, but the vintage is drinking beautifully right now.
- Yields: 35 hectoliters/hectare (2.59 tons/acre)
Cellar Master: Thierry Lezin
- Fermentation: In concrete vats, 100% indigenous yeast
- Maceration: 3 weeks
- Malolactic: 100%
- Aging: Bottle-aged 7 years in the cellars
- Bottled: April 2005
- Varietal Composition: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
- Cases Imported: 1,000 cases
- Imported Case Pack: (12/750ml)
- Alcohol: 12.5%
Brilliant ruby color with some brick notes.The nose has hints of berries, violets and earth. In the mouth, flavors of cassis, black cherry and plum expand within a good, round structure; medium length and plenty of aging potential. This wine can be enjoyed with red meats, stews and grillade. It is well aged and ready for drinking.
Saint-Émilion – 2004 – 88 points – Wine & Spirits
"Simard is released as a ten-year-old wine, when it's mature and ready to drink. This vintage is lean and peppery, still firmly structured, with a lot of barnyard funk. If you don't mind Brett, it's a classical red for lamb."