Château Cissac, Haut-Médoc 2016

Bordeaux

75cl bottle: £16.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £203.40

case(s)

Limited Parcel - 20 Cases Only


Château Cissac is one of the best Cru Bourgeois in the Haut-Médoc and is a firm favourite among British Claret drinkers. Their 2016 is ‘an excellent contribution to the vintage’ according to Neal Martin and will age beautifully. It is above all excellent value from this very great vintage. We should all have a few cases, we have only 20 to sell.


"This impressive, ripe wine is full of tannins and generous black fruits. Its structure and concentration both promise a long-term future, with the weight coming from full-bodied fruitiness. It will be ready to drink after 2025." 93/100 Wine Enthusiast


"A tight red with currant and plum character, a medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Another solid red from here." 90-91, James Suckling


"The 2016 Cissac has an attractive, quite lively and vivacious bouquet with well defined blackberry and blueberry fruit, commendable mineralité and tension developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, crisp acidity, good grip in the mouth with a focused and quite long finish. This is an excellent contribution to the vintage from Château Cissac and it should be (fingers crossed) good value." 89-90, Neal Martin, robertparker.com


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. The property is owned by Marie Vialard whose family have owned the property since 1895. From the outstanding 2016 vintage, this is a classic, delicious, first-class Haut-Médoc style.

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Wine Data

Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Appellation: Haut-Médoc
Alcohol: 13.5%

About

Chateau Cissac is a historic Haut-Médoc wine property which dates from 1769. Located in the northern-most Haut-Médoc appellation, the property and appellation share a similar climate to that enjoyed by the Médoc: maritime, with the Gironde estuary and the Bay of Biscay combining to act as a climate regulator and the coastal pine forests sheltering the vines from the westerly and north-westerly winds. The soil, less diverse than in the Médoc, is predominantly sandy, with gravel. Château Cissac belongs to the Vialard family, and its reputation was largely based on the tireless work of Louis Vialard, who arrived here in 1940 and established the wine’s fame through the 1970s and 1980s. He died in 2009 but his daughter Danielle had long taken over the wine-making and is now assisted by her own daughter, Marie. The vineyard is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, and the average age of the vines is 30 years. The juice is fermented in huge wooden vats but is then aged in 225-litre oak barrels, 40% of which are new. With the vineyard established on a bed of gravel over a limestone base, it is unsurprising to see such a predominance of Cabernet Sauvignon and the style of the wine mirrors this, as it is made in a classic Médoc style.