Château Cissac 2016, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois
This will be Garonne if you are not careful...
Tastes like: Cassis. Pencil Shavings. Plump. Pepper. Smooth Tannins.
Now here we have some excellent value Claret. The wines from Château Cissac are beautifully made and offer some of the best value in Bordeaux. Cissac is undoubtedly "the pillar of the bourgeoisie" as Hugh Johnson has dubbed it.
Chateau Cissac is a family owned estate in the Haut Medoc appellation of Bordeaux. The Vialard family have owned the Chateau for five generations. The vineyard holds the traditional mix of grape varieties with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
The wines are traditionally deep coloured. providing unmistakable, elegant and classic Medoc. The wine is aged for up to 20 months in barrels with 40% new wood and is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
The Château Cissac vines are situated on a plateau with a soil composed of gravel deposits from the Garonne River. It is located at an altitude of 27.5 m, equivalent to the highest points of the neighbouring appellations, Saint Estèphe and Pauillac.
Benefiting from new investment and the respectful but enlightened approach of the younger generation, the usual two thirds cabernet sauvignon here was carefully judged to produce a classically-proportioned Claret with balance, freshness and finesse, all at a absolutely belting price. We think it is truly a wine of and for many great occasions.
France - 2016 - 13% - 75cl
"Another very good performance for this hugely popular Cru Bourgeois - a good, honest claret-drinkers' claret. Recent vintages here have an extra level of opulence and texture - and this could be better than the delicious 2015. Ripe and impressive with generous cassis fruit and good grip. Weighty, well-defined and great value."This is an excellent contribution to the vintage" Neal Martin. Drink 2023-2032
"A tight red with currant and plum character, a medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Another solid red from here." Scores: 91/92 - James Suckling