Château Cissac 2012, Haut-Médoc

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Chateau Cissac 2012, showing more fruit and density than in previous vintages, is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Avoiding some of the austerity that this vintage can possess, this wine exhibits a dense ruby purple colour, good minerality, savoury, dark cassis fruit and an alluring depth and ripeness. Drink it over the next 10 years.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Haut-Médoc
Vintage: 2012
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Modern, with classic Bordelais savouriness
Drink With: Welsh rarebit

The Château Cissac vines grow on a plateau with soil composed of gravel deposits from the Garonne River from the Gunz-Mindel period. It sits at an altitude of 27.5m above sea level, equivalent to the highest points of the neighbouring appellations of St-Estèphe and Pauillac. The vines have an average age of 33 years.

A slightly different blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot than used in the last couple of vintages was fermented in temperature regulated wooden and stainless steel vats, and the wine was aged for 14 months in barrels with 30% new wood.

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