1982 has been called by some the greatest vintage ever for Bordeaux red wines, partially due to the attention drawn to it by critic Robert Parker. However, none can suggest that 1982 was not a very good year. Chateau Cissac's 1982 might have reached its peak already, but still carries rich black fruits, spicy tree bark and leather.
The current Cissac Chateau, a magnificent monastery from the 18th century, was built on the remains of a Roman villa, as evidenced by ancient remains. The culture of the vine is in any case certainly a secular family tradition. The property is indeed now run by Marie Vialard, a direct descendant of Jacques Mondon who purchased the area in 1895, and Louis Vialard, who gave it back all its nobility in the middle of the twentieth century.
Château Cissac is anchored in the heart of the Medoc. Its privileged terroir, neighbor of the prestigious Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac, covering a hundred hectares. Predominantly of serious sandy covering a clay and limestone soil, it extends in one piece, protected by the village of Cissac and forests that surround it. True to tradition the Médoc, the vineyard is mainly planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, its historical variety. Perfectly adapted to the typicality of the terroir of Cissac, it expresses all its power and its aromas.
Good old Cissac, arguably even slower-maturing than a first growth (although the current regime claims to be changing this). Looks very young. Very, very firm. Quite noble even if a bit dry on the finish. A success for this château.
Good fresh ruby-red. Candied red fruits, cough syrup and hints of menthol and herbs on the nose. Slightly green but has good fat and breadth. A moderately dense wine whose edge of acidity frames its fruit and gives it cut. A good showing.
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