Thursday, 6 May 2010

Chateau Cissac returns!

We are delighted to offer you the 2009 vintage of Chateau Cissac, which has just been released. Cissac is a classic Medoc of great class that has always been a firm favourite with Averys customers and has a large following right across the UK.
In 1895, Jacques Mondon, a lawyer in Pauillac, acquired several vineyards in the parish of Cissac-Médoc. He combined these different vineyards under the name of Château Cissac. Then in 1940, Louis Vialard inherited the property from his grandparents and he set about the task of restoring the vineyards and the out-buildings as well as the family home. Today, it's his grand-daughter Marie Vialard who runs this 50 hectare, Cru Bourgeois estate in the heart of the Medoc. The wines are very well structured and usually age exceptionally well, indeed Decanter magazine refers to the 2009 as 'structured, classic Medoc'.

75% of the vines planted on the estate are Cabernet Sauvignon which has been particularly successful in 2009, thanks to a very long and warm Autumn. Robert Parker recently wrote that the Medoc is 'where the Cabernet Sauvignons shine' and that the 'wines are extremely dense and concentrated'. He refers to the overall style of the vintage as 'one of opulent, voluptuous textures, with abundant fatness and succulence'.

The wine shows a deep purple garnet colour with a fine viscosity. After a few moments the first classic aromas of dark fruit, cassis, plums and blackcurrants reveal themselves, blended with hints of spice, vanilla, toast and cedar wood. In the mouth there is an abundance of full, ripe, well structured tannins, rich with the elderberry and plum fruit. The finish is full and rich with spicy notes. The remarkable points are the extreme purity of the fruit, the freshness and delicacy combined with a very good and well balanced body, followed by a lingering and pleasant finish.

I have no doubt that 2009 is going to be the vintage to have in your cellar for years to come. Why not invest in your future drinking-pleasure now with a case or two of Château Cissac. I am certain that you will not be disappointed!

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