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.
Chateau Simard is situated on the slopes near the hilltop village of St Emilion, very near some of the most famous names of the commune. Unlike most Bordeaux chateaux, Simard does not release their wine in the third year after harvest, preferring to keep it in their cellars until it is mellowed and is ready for drinking.
The estate is located on the southern slopes in the old town of Saint Emilion close to the two first growths of the region. The vineyard goes back to the 17th century when the Simard family, the then owners of the Chateau, was among the first families of Saint Emilion.
The current owner Claude Maziere, uncle of the owners of Chateau Ausone, ages wines from only outstanding vintages for at least 10 years before releasing them. The wine owes its finesse and suppleness to a combination of sandy, gravelly soils, and rigorous grape selection.
Was happy to find a retailer who had this wine via Wine Searcher. Enjoyed this vintage at Chez Catherine in Westfield and was desirous of buying a few bottles. Took a little longer than I expected to receive shipment especially since I was charged before the wine had actually shipped.
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This purchase was totally worth the price and I am buying more today. We actually had it at diner with friends last night and I would match this Simard up against many of my favorite wines such as Jordan's, Joseph Phelps, and others.