Grape(s): 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Localization: Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: Cassis and graphite aromas follow through to the palate with plummy fruit, savoury complexity and effortless class. Even more impressive upon retasting, this will benefit from decanting.
Notes: Soil: fine gravel over chalk; Average age of vines: 30 years
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast: Owned by the Vialard family, this property has produced an impressively dense wine that also has fine fruits. Plenty of acidity sets the wine's course with freshness as well as structure, giving a firm aftertaste while never losing the liveliness. Drink from 2023.
The Domain: 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.
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.