2011 Chateau Sipian

Château Sipian was already listed among the “Good Bourgeois” in the first edition of Cocks et Féret (1846), and was been classified Cru Bourgeois in 1932. Largely abandoned in the 1950s, the property was purchased by Bernard and Nicole Mehaye in 1978. They began a long-term program of re-planting and recovery of the vineyards. Their son, Frederick took on the responsibility of wine production and began a program of estate bottling. Currently there are 25 hectares of vines, with approximately 50% planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% to Merlot, and 10% to Petit Verdot. The property is located well north of the city of Bordeaux on gravelly, sandy soils. The average age of the vines is 25 years. Farming is Lutte Raisonnée. The “Château” bottling is aged in barrique, 1/3 of which is new. [+]