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Château Cissac, Haut-Médoc, 1986


Château Cissac is a dark and tannic cru bourgeois wine needing a longer cellaring than other such wines. This was an exceptional year and is still drinking very well indeed.

Cardinal's Rating 88
Colour Red Wine
Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
Country France
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Château Cissac is a 50 hectare cru bourgeois estate located just north of the town of Cissac in the Haut-Médoc sub-region of Bordeaux. The 1986 vintage is a traditional, dark and tannic wine in its youth which requires a longer period of cellaring than other cru bourgeois wines before reaching maturity.
The wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The vines are planted at a density of 7,200 per hectare which restricts yields and concentrates flavour in the grapes. After harvesting by hand fermentation takes place in a mixture of temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and very old wooden vats for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Following this the wine is aged for between 18 and 24 months in 30% - 40% new oak. The usual drinking window is between 8 and 15 years but in exceptional years such as this the wines evolve over a much longer period.

Expect a nose of mushroom and forest floor with pencil shavings and some black cherry fruit and tannins still in evidence on the palate. The acidity is now very soft indeed and this wine is still very pleasurable drinking with a good finish. A firmer structured wine than the 1985.
Producer / Vineyard Château Cissac
Colour Red Wine
Vintage 1986
Country France
Area Bordeaux
Region Médoc
Sub Region Haut-Médoc
Appellation Haut Médoc
Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
Bottle Size Bottle (0.75)
Label Good Condition
Wine Closure Natural Cork
Contents Neck
ABV 12.5%
When to drink? Now
Cardinal's Rating 88
Price Comparison Vintage Wine and Port: £39.95 (26/06/2014)
Tissue Wrap Available? Yes
Tasting Note Available? Yes
Giftbox Available? Yes
Greeting Card Available? Yes

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