Red, For laying down

2011 Ch. Siran, Margaux

2011 Ch. Siran, Margaux

Red | For laying down | Chateau Siran | Code: 12689 | 2011 | France > Bordeaux > Margaux | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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Bottle 12 x 75cl1cs

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Scores and Reviews

DECANTER

17/20

PARKER

87-89/100

WS

89-92/100

DECANTER - Finely expressed cassis fruit, good concentration and depth, very well made wine that shows class above its (non) classification.
Decanter – Bordeaux 2011 coverage – April 2012

PARKER - A potential sleeper of the vintage, the attractive, elegant, fruit-driven 2011 Siran offers up scents of licorice, camphor and black as well as red currants. It is medium-bodied and endearing, with soft tannins and good acidity in an attractive, up-front style. Enjoy it over the next decade.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #200 Apr 2012

WS - Nice fleshy feel here, with succulent plum and blackberry fruit that stays pure through the black tea-infused finish. Fine mineral thread flitters through the finish as well.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, April 5, 2012

The Producer

Chateau Siran

Chateau Siran

Château Siran is an important Margaux estate that was once owned by the painter Toulouse-Lautrec`s great-grandmother. Since 1848 Siran has been owned by the Miailhe family and today run by Edouard Miailhe. Siran is located in the far south of the Margaux appellation in the commune of Labarde.

Siran has 25 hectares of vineyards which are very well-sited on a high gravel ridge. They are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (41%), Merlot (46%), Petit Verdot (12%) and Cabernet Franc (1%). The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and the wine is then aged in small oak barrels (35% new) for 12-15 months. Siran's wines are typically classic and elegant in character, displaying good ripeness of fruit, with hints of vanilla buttressed by smooth and almost seamless tannins.

Advised since 2004 by the wine-making consultancy teams of Professor Denis Dubourdieu.

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

The Region

Margaux

Margaux

If Pauillac can be seen as the bastion of ‘traditional’ Red Bordeaux, then Margaux represents its other facet in producing wines that are among Bordeaux’s most sensual and alluring. It is the largest commune in the Médoc, encompassing the communes of Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labaude, in addition to Margaux itself. Located in the centre of the Haut-Médoc, Margaux is the closest of the important communes to the city of Bordeaux.

The soils in Margaux are the lightest and most gravelly of the Médoc, with some also containing a high percentage of sand. Vineyards located in Cantenac and Margaux make up the core of the appelation with the best vineyard sites being located on well-drained slopes, whose lighter soils give Margaux its deft touch and silky perfumes. Further away from the water, there is a greater clay content and the wines are less dramatically perfumed.

Margaux is the most diffuse of all the Médoc appelations with a reputation for scaling the heights with irreproachable wines such as Ch. Margaux and Ch. Palmer, but also plumbing the depths, with too many other châteaux not fulfilling their potential. There has been an upward shift in recent years, but the appellation cannot yet boast the reliability of St Julien. However, the finest Margaux are exquisitely perfumed and models of refinement and subtlety which have few parallels in Bordeaux.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Margaux, Ch. Palmer, Ch. Brane-Cantenac, Ch. Rauzan-Ségla , Ch. Dufort-Vivens, Ch. Ferrière, Ch. du Tertre, Ch. Giscours, Ch. d'Angludet.

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