There is clear spice here right upfront, with lovely dark fruits running throughout. Plenty to recommend in this enjoyable, unfussy wine from owner Marie Vialard. It has an aromatic elegance which is typical of Bordeaux, with strong wooded flavours at this young stage. These are going to be there to support the ripe jammy fruit.
First and foremost, wine is an expression of pleasure. It must have its own personality and character which reflects the history of its terroir and the expertise of the winegrower. The wines of Château Cissac are superior, classic wines, which combine the strength of the Médoc and the aromatic elegance of the greatest of the Bordeaux wines. They have a distinctive depth of colour and a subtle balance between aromas of cherry and plums, mingled with liquorice and smoke.
This wine is great to drink just now, but it will certainly age very gracefully, critics suggest this will still be drinking well until the late 2020s. Perfect with your Sunday Roast and a wide range of red meat dishes.
|Style||Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Tannic, Rich, Oak, Fruit Forward|
|Region||Haut Medoc, Bordeaux|
About the region and producer
Chateau Cissac is the family home of the Vialard family. This charming estate is situated close to St Estephe and Pauillac and is planted predominantly with Cabernet Sauvignon. Other Medoc varieties: Merlot and Petit Verdot are also planted and are incorporated in the final blend. Laurent Saint Pasteur, the winemaker is passionate and knowledgeable, striking just the right balance between tradition and modernity. The wines always have a Medocain character, but advances in wine-making have resulted in more refined tannins and greater purity of fruit; recent vintages possess a poise and sophistication that is very impressive.
Château Cissac is enjoyed by wine lovers all over the world. Gracing the best European, Asian and American tables, it has impressed the greatest international wine experts and critics who regularly rank it amongst the top Bordeaux wines. He is what they said about the 2018 Vintage.
"Reticent dark fruit with a dash of vanilla oak. Firmly structured, even muscular but there’s a good depth of layered fruit and freshness. One for the cellar." James Lawther MW on JancisRobinson.com
"There is clear spice here right upfront, with lovely dark fruits running through, although things pull up short on the finish. Plenty to recommend in this enjoyable, unfussy wine from owner Marie Vialard. A yield of 38hl/ha. 2% Malbec completes the blend."
Drinking Window 2022 - 2034 - Jane Anson in Decanter Magazine
According to legend, one that is borne out by the existence of several ancient remains, the magnificent 18th century charterhouse that is the château Cissac of today was built on the remains of a Roman villa. What is in any case certain is that the château is home to a long established family tradition of cultivating the vine. Today the vineyards are managed by Marie Vialard, a direct descendant of Jacques Mondon who bought the estate in 1895, and Louis Vialard, who restored it to its former glory in the middle of the 20th century.
Vineyard and Wine Making
Château Cissac is located right in the heart of the Médoc region. Its exceptional terroir adjoins that of the prestigious Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac appellations, extending over an area of around a hundred hectares. The soil is mainly sandy gravel on top of clay and limestone, and the vineyards occupy a single tract of land which is sheltered by the village of Cissac and the forests which surround it. In keeping with Médoc tradition, the vineyards are mainly planted with their traditional variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. This variety is ideally suited to the type of terroir in Cissac, where its strength and aromas can realise their full potential. Blended with elegant Merlots and spicy Petit Verdots, Cabernet Sauvignon produces wines that are particularly complex and expressive.
Respecting the demands of the climate, the particularities of the terroir, the nature of the grape varieties and wine making tradition : these are the core principles which govern the running of the estate. But in order to fully benefit from the intrinsic qualities of its vineyards, and to enable its wines to reveal their maximum intensity, Chateau Cissac is continually striving to improve the quality of its production process. Modernisation has included improving the biodiversity of the soil, introducing a policy of systematically renewing vine stocks, maintaining and renewing barrels, and a sustainable optimisation of age-old winemaking techniques.
Many years ago when I had completed my first year in a job, I had saved up enough money to buy a proper Hi-Fi system. After auditioning equipment that was within my planned budget and making my decision, I asked the salesperson if I could listen to a set of speakers out of budget just for curiosity. BIG mistake! Once heard, there was no going back and life with my original choice would be tinged with "if only I had bought.." So I emptied my pockets and sporran for the sacrifice of which I have never regretted.
My purchase of Chateau Cissac was a similar experience, I wished to see what the next step up was like from my usual choices. A big mistake?- possibly- but a very pleasurable one. I am so glad that I had made the step. The slight increase in price was well worth it and I have no hesitation in recommending this to Bordeaux lovers.
Yes, it benefits from being opened/aerated in advance and it keeps well once opened so you can prolong the enjoyment over several days if you so wish.
This goes very well with all the traditional foods for Claret. If you are generous enough to share this with others, then I think your circle of friends will suddenly get larger.
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