Appelation: Cru Bourgeois, Pauillac
Age of vines: 25 years old
Vinification: traditional 3-4 weeks maceration and fermentation in
temperature controlled stainless steal vats.
Elevage: 12-14 months in barrels (50% new oak 50% one year old)
Soil Type: Garonne Gravel
Cépages: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot
Tour Sieujean is located on the western edge of the Pauillac appellation. While most of the vineyards are in Pauillac (near Ch. Batailley), the chateau is located in the Haut Medoc across the road from Ch. Larose Trintaudon. Before 2002, Tour Sieujean sent its grapes to the Pauillac cooperative winery (Ch. Larose Pauillac). The family owners decided to withdraw from the co-op to produce better wines and build an estate.
A typical Pauillac blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% of Merlot from the 2014 vintage. The long harvest during the dry weather of September and October favoured the Cabernet, leading to approachable wines with good fruit. This has cassis and blackberry with hints of vanilla on the nose, which follow through on the palate.
A deep offering of fruit here, which is important as there is quite a bit of structure and firm tannin to balance out. This is successfully done, resulting in a reasonably powerful wine, but with suave mouthfeel and texture. – Ches Cook, FWC