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Siran 2020

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Margaux
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

This 25 hectare property in Margaux is owned by the Miailhe family who used to own Pichon Lalande and a part of Château Palmer. Vineyard plantings are split evenly between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with smaller a smaller proportion of Petit Verdot and a little Cabernet Franc also planted. The vines average 30 years of age with some going back to the 1920s. The quality has improved enormously recently and the 2015 was very highly praised (quite rightly) by the critics. The consultant is Hubert de Bouard of Angélus.

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Tasting Notes

This is seriously structured with blackcurrants, blueberries and iodine. It’s full yet so tight and focused with serious austerity and focus. Very classy and polished with precision. A terrific Siran. Try after 2026.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2023

The 2020 Siran sees the reintroduction of the art series label. It offers black cherries and wild strawberry scents, cedar and pencil lead. Light marine scents emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a powdery texture, very nicely balanced, hints of white pepper and tobacco towards the classically-lined finish. Superb, even if tasting them alongside, I find a soupçon more complexity in the 2019 Siran.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2023

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Siran features notes of blackcurrant jelly, ripe redcurrants and raspberry leaves, plus suggestions of wild sage, tar and underbrush, with a waft of wild mushrooms. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled and refreshing, delivering approachable, soft tannins and plenty of red berry layers, finishing earthy. 2024 - 2040

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2021

This is powerful and juicy with well balanced, opulent berry fruits - easy to fall in love with. This really is one of the few that has tannins that feel well caressed by the fruits, and the slightly higher than average alcohols gives a flattering feel through the mid palate. Nice job from winemaker Marjolaine Defrance and owner Edouard Miahle (who is now president of AOC Margaux, having succeeded Gonzague Lurton). Tasted twice. 1% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. 35% new oak. Hubert de Boüard consultant oenologist. Harvest September 11 to October 3.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2044

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2021

Full bottle 1,324 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 47% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. 35% new oak.
Inky dark core with purple-crimson rim. Ripe dark fruit, blackberry as much as cassis, plus the fragrant lift of the Petit Verdot. A hint of new oak but not overdone. More savoury on the palate than I expected, with fresh cassis flavours to the fore. Lively, harmonious. (JH) 13.7%
Drink 2028 – 2038

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2021

The 2020 is a blend of 47% Merlot and 43% Cabernet Sauvignon with 9% Petit Verdot and a dash of Cabernet Franc. The wine will be aged for 12 months in 35% new French oak. Deep ruby colour. Ripe plummy fruit on the nose, with lightly sweet spices and a hint of violet to add some complexity. The palate is juicy and intense, bursting with red and blue fruit. The acidity is bright and cuts through the fleshy fruit, propped up by silky, persistent tannins. Ripe but well-judged with a long finish.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2021
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The 2020 Siran was picked from September 16 to October 3 with an average yield of 36hl/ha, and matured in a prudent 35% new oak. It has a superb bouquet of vibrant black cherries, blueberry and violet scents on the nose – one that could only come from this appellation. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent but firm tannins, a crisp line of acidity and beautifully integrated oak. This is very cohesive and offers impressive salinity on the finish. Best Siran to date? I think so. 2025 - 2045

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2021

Lots of purple fruit with asphalt and black-olive character. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins and a long, linear finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2021
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