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Producer: Chateau CissacGrape Varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot & 5% Petit VerdotOptimum Drinking: Within 12 yearsWine Style: Robust and balanced Cru BourgeoisAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
In 1895, Jacques Mondon, a lawyer in Pauillac, acquired several vineyards in the parish of Cissac-Medoc. He combined these different vineyards under the name of Château Cissac. In 1940 Louis Vialard inherited the property from his grandparents Mondon and he set about the task of restoring the vineyards and the outbuildings as well as the family home. Louis, who is largely responsible for the excellent reputation of the Chateau, died in 2009. He is succeeded by his daughter Danielle and granddaughter Marie. The château is of the particular 18th century architectural style 'Chartreuse', and is probably founded on the site of a Roman Villa.
A mild winter led to early budding, two weeks earlier than usual. During the relatively cool, damp spring, the vines grew quickly. Flowering began in the best possible conditions, with sunshine and summer temperatures, which was excellent for this crucial period. Unfortunately the weather during the summer was challenging, July was mostly cold and wet despite a few hot spells, and the clouds in August left little room for the sun to shine through. Fortunately September and October were exceptionally hot and sunny. This enabled the grapes to reach for perfect ripeness in ideal weather conditions, although yields were lower than average.
The vines of Château Cissac are situated on a plateau with a soil composed of gravel deposits from the Garonne river from the Bunz-Mindel period, over chalk. It is located at an altitude of 27.5 metres above sea level, equivalent to the highest points of the neighbouring appellations, Saint Estèphe and Pauillac. Integrated pest management takes place throughout the vineyard, along with leaf thinning mechanically and manually in part of the vineyard, tillage of the soil and the planting of grass cover between the vines.
Fermentation took place in both stainless steel and wooden vats, which has brought out the best in each parcel of fruit, imparting subtle oak complexity while retaining the vibrant fruit characteristics. The wine was aged for 12 to 14 months in oak casks, of which 30% was new French oak.
The 2014 vintage delivers a deep colour and aromas of ripe and candied fruits, with a hint of spice from the Petit Verdot. The ripe, well-rounded tannins have a concentration that only an Indian summer can bring and the palate is balanced by a delightful acidity.
At room temperature with roast and grilled red meats and cheese.
Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, Merlot 25%, Petit Verdot 8%
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