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To all Wine Exchangers,
This is the tale of what a difference a boundary makes.  With all things being equal, a line in the sand must be drawn to separate two appellations.  This is unfortunate for the owners of the estates on the 'wrong' side of the tracks, but not for you the consumer.Chateau Siaurac is one of the most beautiful properties in all of Bordeaux and is classified "Jardin Remarquable" with its park-like setting, one of only eight chateaux with that classification in the whole Gironde region.  But that is not the only reason the company Artemis Group, who also owns Chateau Latour purchased a major stake in this estate. It’s the terroir that makes this property so special.  In fact, before The Artemis Group took over, the wines of the estate were made by Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the former winemaker at Chateau Petrus. 

Situated on the plateau of Pomerol (less than a mile from Petrus) in the commune of Néac. This 80-acre estate is planted to a high vine density of 7,100 vines per hectare. Since 2008, the vineyard has practiced only sustainable farming management. Starting with the 2016 vintage, the estate moved to using only 100% organic and biodynamic farming techniques. The vineyard is composed of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec with an average vine age of 27 years. The wine is now made by a dream-team of players which still includes Jean-Claude but is now joined by Chateau Latour’s Technical Director, Penelope Godefroy and from Dominus, winemaker Yannick Reyrel.  All of these talented individuals have made 100-point wines in the past.

The soils of the estate are now managed with the aim of adapting to the specific conditions of each plot and each vintage, carefully respecting the biodiversity naturally present in the vineyard. Controlled natural grass cover crops are grown, or cereals or legumes are seeded in the rows. Ploughing in the rows as well as under the vines is also done. Two harvest reception lines, each equipped with sorting tables, enable each plot selection to be brought in at optimal ripeness. The vinification is carried out in temperature controlled concrete vats and then the wine is aged for 12 months in new and one vintage French Oak Barrels.

The press all agree something good is happening here.

Neal Martin writes: "Siaurac has long been making some "nifty" Lalande-de-Pomerol and this is well worth investigating. It has a sensual, fruit-forward bouquet with plenty of black cherry and cassis fruit that does not overpower. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin. There is a couple of layers of new oak to be absorbed, but there is sufficient fruit to do that and it finished with attractive truffle and white pepper notes that offer fine salinity." 90-92 Points

Decanter writes: "Second vintage with Penelope Godefroy, and at the start of the organic conversion. This is lovely, already accessible with its dark brambly fruits and soft tannins. The emphasis here is definitely on pleasure, and it's extremely tasty as a result. Drinking Window 2018 - 2030" 91 Points

James Suckling writes: "Blackcurrants and leaves, as well as violets. The palate has silky yet dense and smooth tannins wrapped in dark-plum flavors. Drink or hold." 90 Points

The Wine Spectator writes"Features a tasty core of steeped plum and black cherry fruit laced with dried anise, incense and mineral hints. Reveals a flash of savory through the finish, though the fruit has the upper hand overall. Drink now through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 90 Points

The Wine Cellar Insider writes: "The best Siaurac ever produced. This wine delivers soft, polished textures, ripe, black raspberries, cocoa, licorice and an earthy component. Having more weight and density than usual, it finishes with sweet, polished black raspberries and dark cocoa," 91 Points

Hmmm, five 90+ scores from five very different palates clearly indicates there is a lot going on here and this estate will no doubt be one of the hottest properties to keep an eye on.  The 2015 vintage is an incredible bottle of wine that could be drunk now or lay it down for a few years.  Either way, with great terroir and a who’s-who roster of stars making the wine, it’s a win-win!
Siaurac Lalande de Pomerol 2015
 

 

90-92 Points! The 2015 Siaurac has long been making some "nifty" Lalande-de-Pomerol and this is well worth investigating. It has a sensual, fruit-forward bouquet with plenty of black cherry and cassis fruit that does not overpower. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin. There is a couple of layers of new oak to be absorbed, but there is sufficient fruit to do that and it finished with attractive truffle and white pepper notes that offer fine salinity - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
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