Château Cissac belongs to the Vialard family, and its reputation was built on the tireless work of Louis Vialard, who established the wine’s fame through the 1970s and 1980s. Situated in the northern-most Haut-Médoc appellation, this historic château dates from 1769. The soil in the vineyards is less diverse than in the Médoc, predominantly sandy, with gravel
The Malbec has held its own, with a surprising acid/tannin balance which has allowed its incorporation in the Cissac blend for the second time since its plantation in 1995. This wine delivers a bold and well-rounded attack, with a crisp and attractive fruit, spiced with the freshness of Malbec. A fine tannic structure and a well-balanced acidity, with an alcohol content of the order of 12°7, provide a glimpse of a delectable and highly “drinkable” wine to come. Laurent Saint Pasteur, technical director
Cissac is a real favourite. Inky black in colour, the aromas are fresh and vibrant displaying attractive black berry characters. The palate is beautifully poised, in the mould of a traditional Cissac style, tightly knit with crunchy fruits and impressive tannins. The alcohol is relatively low and the wine extremely well balanced. This will prove to be a very enjoyable drinking claret.
Fermentation takes place in large wooden vats and stainless steel tanks, and the wine is then aged in 225-litre oak barrels for 14-16 months, 25% of which are new.