Maison Sichel Sirius Bordeaux Blanc 2014
Product Code: 10117/14
A great value Bordeaux white. It is made with the same meticulous care and methods as for the Grands Crus Classés wines of Bordeaux. But it's from the hidden gem of Saint Macaire one of the sub-regions of Bordeaux. It's the kind of great tasting, great value French bargain we search out on our buying trips. We were so pleased to find this one and its matching red!
The Sirius brand was created in 1985 by Peter Sichel from negotiants Maison Sichel. He wanted to prove that it was possible to apply the same meticulous care and methods as for the Grands Crus Classés wines of Bordeaux to less prestigious terroirs to obtain a fine, expressive, fresh and fruity wine at an affordable price. Peter Sichel chose to illustrate the label with the star Sirius, the brightest star in the Northern Hemisphere night sky.
Region/Terroir: Canton de Saint Macaire, Bordeaux. 19 hectares. The vineyards are mainly on clay-limestone soils and are located along the banks of the Garonne River.
Grapes: 50% Semillon, 50% Sauvignon Blanc. Average age of vines - 30 years.
Alcohol: 12.5% VOL
Winemaking techniques: The grapes are carefully selected before being fermented and aged in oak in exactly the same way as the Grands Crus Classés of Graves and Pessac-Léognan.
The Sémillons are pressed immediately upon harvesting, while the Sauvignons go through skin-maceration. All pre-fermentation processes are carried out under inert gas to protect the berries and the musts from oxidisation. Fermentation in new oak barrels and then left on full lees (yeast), which are stirred 2 or 3 times a week. Racking complete, the wines go into barrel for a further 2 or 3 months. During this period, (fine) lees stirring is done once a week to add richness and complexity. Blending takes place in vats to achieve a balanced, aromatic, white wine.
Our tasting notes: Beautiful pale yellow with greenish tints. Pleasant front-of-palate marked by fresh, powerful citrus and mango aromas. Hints of vanilla. The same aromatic array is found on the palate, enhanced by lingering balance and volume. Nice intensity and complexity. A great Bordeaux white for the price.
Helen said: ”Dry with lovely citrus flavours. Complex. Remarkably long finish.“
Craig: ”This is a very well made and enjoyable wine. I especially liked the lovely roundness and depth from the oak and the lees/yeast influence. Very very nice! I can see why it’s won medals. This could be an expensive Graves.“
Single bottles, multiple bottles or complete boxes (6 bottles) may be ordered.
Gold medal - Concours des Grands Vins de France - Macon 2015
1 star - Guide Hachette des Vins 2016
Silver medal - Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2015
Bronze medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Product Code: 10117/14