Chateau Haut Simard - St Emilion Grand Cru - red - 2012 - 1500 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
"Offering an attractive combination of Christmas fruitcake, balsam wood, kirsch liqueur and spice box, this richly fruity, generously endowed, medium-bodied, lush, plush, consumer-friendly wine will drink well for 7-8 years." 89 points, Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Château Simard is located near the ancient and beautiful town of Saint-Émilion, home to the Right Bank’s most prestigious estates. The 40-hectare (98.84-acre) gently sloping vineyard is marked by predominantly clay soil mixed with sand and gravel, and a deep water table, forcing the vines to grow far into the ground. It is planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines that average 35 years in age. The property is divided into two; Simard’s vineyard covers approximately 40 hectares, whereas Haut-Simard, the superior of the two, covers 10 hectares, equating to around 3,500 to 4,000 cases per annum on average.
Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Producer: Pauline Vauthier
Age of the vines: 20 years old
Soil: Clay with sand and gravel
Maceration: Approximately 30 days, depending on the vats. 100% malolactic; no oak aging.