Cissac is always a good honest Haut Medoc. The 2015 offers Cissac’s core values plus an extra sprinkling of class. The bouquet is floral and dainty with notes of cherry blossom, loganberry, plums, cloves and incense. On the palate there are waves of soft, creamy, spiced plums and thimbleberries. Texturally, this is really quite opulent, with a solid mid-palate of decadent purple fruit, neat tannins and a refreshing saline finish.
Cissac is a Cru Bourgeois, located in the appellation of Haut-Médoc. For many years the property has belonged to the Vialard family and produced reliable reds from extensive vineyards that stretch west from some of the finest terroir of Pauillac. The wines age well, are classical and are reasonably priced. They are popular everyday Clarets for J&B customers and are regularly used for clients’’ weddings and other functions.
The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.