First, use a good large glass. This is a stunning young Bordeaux in a very great vintage. The wine is not quite opaque; but lustrous, like fine dupioni silk, with a concentrated dark mulberry color right to the edge. Penetrating aromas of sun-warmed black raspberries, Friar plums, crushed violets, and lavender move in and out of the foreground, later alternating with wood smoke, charcuterie, toasted walnuts and sage, as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine has a broad, warm texture, surrounding a muscular core of black fruit flavors seasoned with melted dark chocolate, dried herbs, and licorice; and the bracing, mineral-saturated finish promises a long evolving future in a good cool cellar.
About this wine producer: Château Sipian was classified as a Cru Bourgeois of the Médoc until the 1950’s, when the vineyards were pulled up and abandoned. In 1978, Bernard and Nicole Méhaye purchased the estate and started to re-build the vineyards, by planting 7 hectares (17 acres) 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 there are twenty-five hectares of vines, with an average age of twenty-five years.