First, use a large well-shaped glass. This is beautifully crafted, perfect vintage Médoc has a lustrous royal purple color, with flashes of bright crimson at the edge. Floral aromas of crushed violets and faded rose petals, along with griotte cherries, sun-warmed blackberries, and pan-wilted basil sometimes alternate with crème de cassis, melted dark chocolate, and black truffles, as the exotic nose evolves in the glass: like a tarte aux myrtilles just out of the oven. On the palate, the wine is juicy and sleek, with a succulent core of racy, very fresh red and black fruit, along with fleeting suggestions of fennel, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate that echo the evolving nose. Restrained silky ripe tannins, and the bright minerality and intertwined berry acids of the Petit Verdot keep it nimble and refreshing, with classic Left Bank vinosity promising a long future in a good cool cellar.
About this wine producer: The estate lies on a privileged location: atop a rare mound of Garonnaise gravel, looking directly down on the Gironde estuary. Château Sipian had always been classified a Cru Bourgeois of the Médoc, until the vineyards were pulled up and abandoned in the 1950s. Bernard and Nicole Méhaye purchased the estate in 1978, and planted the first seven hectares of Merlot. But the real history of Château Sipian begins with their son Frédéric, whose risk-taking vision and hard work have lifted the estate into the front rank of Médoc producers. Today, Frédéric’s son, Quentin Méhaye, has taken over responsibility for much of the work in the twenty-five hectares of mostly 30-year-old vines.