Merlot, Cabernet-Franc, Malbec
75cl * 13.5% ABV * Lalande-de-Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Château Siaurac is located on the plateau of Néac, which is a continuation of the famous plateau of Pomerol, and its vineyard is in one single plot. It is the largest estate of the appellation and comprises 46 hectares of planted vine and is one of the most iconic estates of its appellation. Indeed, as remarked upon in Férét’s 1893 edition of Bordeaux et ses vins: “Château Siaurac is only separated from the first growths of Pomerol by a small trickle of water called the Barbane.”
The appellation is situated close to the point where both the Isle and Dordogne rivers converge and is protected on the southwestern side by the hill at Fronsac. Influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, it benefits from good climatic conditions: sunny, warm and dry summers followed by clement autumns, which encourage the grapes to ripen perfectly. The soil dates from the tertiary era and is made of alluvial deposits which were formed as the Pyrenees and Massif Central came into being. The vineyard is planted with 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec
The 2014 was matured for 14 months in both vats and French oak barrels with 25% new oak. Black cherry and spice on the nose. A full-bodied, generously-juicy and very quaffable wine with great structure. It is easy to drink and goes extremely well with red meats, Sunday roasts and the promise of shared and extended pleasures.
Drinking well now and until about 2025, this Lalande-de-Pomerol offers ready-to-drink claret at a decent price.