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The first traces of this estate date back to the 16th century and it was given its current name by the Simard family in 1865, during the Second Empire. The house, in the seaside-villa style of the Roaring Twenties, is the work of Léonard and Charlotte Gratadoux, who acquired the 4-hectare property in 1917. Château Haut-Simard never left the family and, through succession and expansion, its 10 hectares returned to the Vauthier family in 2008. Since then, major investments have brought out the potential of this vineyard at the foot of the slope, where limestone and sand mingle with seams of clay.
Manual harvesting, precise sorting of the berries, temperature-controlled vats, the choice of concrete vats or ageing in barrels for a year: all these steps are aimed at maintaining the high quality associated with Saint-Émilion. With a density of 12,600 vines per hectare, the Haut-Simard vineyard enjoys south-south-west exposure. The Cabernet Franc (60%) and Merlot (40%) thus achieve superb ripeness, the signature of this solar wine.
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It is a powerful and dense wine, guided by an aromatic complexity with the high proportion of Cabernet Franc giving tension and freshness. As one vintage follows another in this corner of Saint-Émilion, the constantly increasing expression of the terroir results in good ageing potential.