Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion 1995
Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Released commercially with at least ten years of bottle age, Chateau Simard is a fine and supple wine due to the combination of sandy, gravelly soils with rigorous grape selection.
Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel and concrete vats. Traditional racking and fining. Bottled at the château. Château Simard's classically elegant, refined style results not only from its fine vineyard location, but also from the number of years the wine spends in bottle. It is never released until a least a decade after the vintage date. The
complexity and nuance of the fragrance, the gentleness and finesse of the flavors are immediately apparent.
An equally good choice for beef, lamb, roast duck and composed dishes like risotto. The perfect accompaniment to a wide range of cheeses.
Château Simard Winery
Chateau Simard is located on the southern slopes of the old town of Saint Emilion close to many of the first growths. Simard is a very well-tended vineyard with excellent exposure. Saint Emilion is a 'right bank' commune in Bordeaux. Chateu Simard’s total production is approximately 10,000 cases per year. The estate produces 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.
The name of Chateau Simard is an ancient one. It has been in use since the 17th century when the Simard family were listed among the Bourgeois of Saint Emilion. Today the property is owned by Monsieur Claude Maziere. The current owner typically ages Chateau Simard wines for at least 10 years before releasing them. Simard is one of the few 'aged' wines that is available regularly on the general market.
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Medieval Village, Modern Wine
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
About France - Other regions
When it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
3 ratings, 3 with reviews
It has a very light, mineral, dry taste. Normally, I drink cabernets, and shiraz or syrah. This wine however, seemed very flat, light taste, no structure. I did not enjoy it at all. I've had less expensive wines that were more complex, and harmonious.
Enticing aroma and good balance. I could not, however, find the broad array of flavors and the complexity that I expected after reading other reviews. It was nice... but not great.
I don't know what the rest of you were eating when drinking this wine, but it could not have been too complimentary. You MUST enjoy this incredible wine with a good steak. It is not advisable, but imperative. The richness of the beef compliments and brings out the chewey tannins bringing out a complex and smooth sensation. Regaling in dark chocolate, woodland berries and smoky oak, this wine will linger on the palette long after the last swallow. Don't tell your prententious wino friends the price. Let them taste first and savor the bottle, then spring it upon them. To those that didn't enjoy this wonderful bordeaux try it again paired with, as stated, steaks or a nice grilled lamb.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.