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: 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.