Chateau Cissac Vialard Proprietaire Cru Bourgeois Superieur 2018, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Chateau Cissac has been in the hands of the Vialard family since 1895. Chateau Cissac, which takes its name from the commune where it is situated in. The Haut Medoc appellation was created when two vineyards were combined. The grand chateau was built in 1769. The initial purchase of Chateau Martiny by Jacques Mondon which took place in 1895 was enlarged when they purchased Chateau Abiet in 1899. Those two vineyards were brought together to create what we know of as Chateau Cissac today. The vineyard of Chateau Cissac is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 8% Petit Verdot. The 50-hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Cissac is located in the northern part of the appellation, not too distant from the border of the Pauillac and St. Estephe appellations. The terroir is a mix of gravel, sand, limestone, and also some clay in the soils. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare. The older vines are picked manually. The young vines are harvested by machine. o produce the wine of Chateau Cissac, vinification takes place in large, temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats and large wood vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks. The wine is aged in 30% new, French oak barrels for up to 18 months before bottling. 2018 vintage: Juicy, bright, crisp, sharp red fruits, green olives, cedar and forest leaf define this classically styled, medium-bodied wine.