2016 Château Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux
The 2016 Siaurac is silky, perfumed and exceptionally beautiful. Readers will find a restrained Lalande de Pomerol built on finesse and class. Sweet tobacco, menthol, licorice and pretty herbal notes add shades of complexity throughout.
Drink 2018 - 2026
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (Jan 2019)
Bright flowers and attractive red berries on offer here with a really succulent, velvety palate that offers rich red-plum flavors. Long and juicy resolve. A blend of 74 per cent merlot, 19 per cent cabernet franc and seven per cent malbec. Try from 2021.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Jan 2019)
The 2016 is naturally a little more subdued but there's an aromatic complexity with earthy, dark fruit notes. The palate is juicy and fresh with good persistence, the tannic frame powerful but the tannins finely honed. This is clearly a wine for ageing and will reward a little patience. The 'best value' pick.
Drink 2023 - 2036
James Lawther MW, Decanter.com (Jul 2021)
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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.
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Though frequently overlooked, Lalande-de-Pomerol extends across the famous Pomerol plateau, benefitting from similar topography and terroir. The 2016 Château Siaurac is 74% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 7% Malbec. The nose is bright and perfumed, dominated by wild berries but with a raspberry-leaf and cedar-spice lift. The palate is juicy and plump, with fresh brambles, black cherries and damsons, supported by a core of silky tannins. Smooth, elegant and balanced, this is drinking beautifully now but could be laid down. Drink now to 2028.
Georgina Haacke, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (May 2022)
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