I’ve followed Chateau Cissac for many years, it was probably one of the first seriously good Bordeaux styled wines purchased when Oddbins first opened in Plymouth around 1980. Cissac remained one of a few modestly priced wines when everything else from the Haut Medoc became far too popular and subsequently over priced.
Located at the northern end of the Haut Medoc just off the D104 between Pauillac and St Estephe, Chateau Cissac was built in the 18th century on the ruins of a Roman villa. In 1855 the chateau was classified Cru Bourgeois which Louis Vailard inherited around 1940. He devoted several decades to restoring the vinyard to its former glory, during this time he re-planted extensively and modernised whilst respecting traditional wine making methods. Cissac gained many enthusiastic followers in France, the UK and America. Today, Cissac punches well above its 1855 Cru Bourgeois classification whilst remaining modestly priced around 15 euros a bottle.
Sadly Louis passed away in 2009 but the good work is now continued by his daughter Danielle and grandaughter Marie assisted by their technical director Laurent Saint Pasteur .
Cissac is located at the northern end of the Haut Medoc between the Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac appellations. Their wine is a blend of elegant Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignon and spicy Petit Verdots which are picked by hand. It has a distinctive depth of colour with a subtle ballance between aromas of cherry, plums and dark fruits mingled with liquorice and a hint of smoke.
It’s worth noting that Chateau Mouton-Rothschild lies just 8 Km to the east from Cissac so their terroir is similar to one of the greatest.
There is also a second wine: Reflets de Chateau Cissac, I suspect from the younger vines which I have yet to try and intend to do so at the next visit.
20 Rue de l’Église, 33250 Cissac-Médoc
Tel: 05 56 59 58 13
Discover more about Chateau Cissac here and when you try some, raise your glass to Louis and the Vialard family, who have achieved so much for Chateau Cissac since 1940.