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Chateau Siran History, Overview
Chateau Siran has a history in the Medoc that dates back to 1428, making it one of the oldest estates in Margaux. The property took its name from Guilhem de Siran, the first owner of the estate. Since then, Chateau Siran has been owned by several interesting families over the centuries, including the Toulouse Lautrec family. The owners were the grandparents of the famous French painter.
Chateau Siran has been the property of the Miailhe family since 1858, having purchased the estate from the Lautrec family. Perhaps it is the connection to Toulouse Lautrec that inspired Chateau Siran to create a series of art labels.
Similar to what Chateau Mouton Rothschild does in Pauillac each year with their labels, from 1980 to 2005, Chateau Siran also created a new label for each vintage that features a different artist. However, from the 2005 vintage forward, Siran retained the same label. For the 2020 vintage, Chateau Siran returned to artist-designed labels.
In late 2014, Chateau Siran finished a complete renovation and modernization of its cellars and wine-making facilities along with its museum. The museum, which is worth a trip to see has a stunning collection of wine-related objects including several ancient amphorae, the oldest of which can be dated all the way back to 300 BC.
If you’re visiting Siran, be sure to ask to see the only wine cellar in Bordeaux built to withstand a nuclear explosion or the failure of the nuclear plant in Blayais. The bomb shelter, which is really just used as a cellar to store their oldest bottles was built during the 1980s.
Chateau Siran Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 25-hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Siran is planted with Merlot 46%, Cabernet Sauvignon 44%,
Petit Verdot 9% and Cabernet Franc 1%, which shows a slight increase in the Cabernet Sauvignon and an equal decrease in the Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is located in the southern part of the Margaux appellation, close to Chateau Dauzac on one side of the road and Chateau Giscours on the other side.
The terroir is gravel and sand soils. The vineyard has a vine density that ranges between 9,000 and 10,000 vines per hectare. On average the vines are kept at 30 years of age. Although they also have vines over 100 years of age that were planted in 1920! At its peak, the vineyard rises up to 12 meters in elevation. By 2020, 10% of the vineyard has moved to be organically farmed.
At various points in time, Siran was consulted by Michel Rolland from 1995 to 2004, who was followed by Denis Dubourdieu from 2004. Starting with the 2015 vintage, Chateau Siran began working with Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus and the wines have never been better. In fact, 2015 is a contender for being one of the finest wines the estate has ever produced!
To produce the wine of Chateau Siran, the wine is vinified in 37 stainless steel vats ranging in size from 60 hectoliters to 180 hectoliters. They also use 6 concrete vats as well. Malolactic fermentation takes place mostly in tanks, though a portion of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels. The wine is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. There is a second wine, S de Siran. On average, the annual production of Siran is close to 10,000 cases of wine per vintage.
For now, 2015 Siran is the finest wine the estate has ever produced in its history. I have not had the chance to taste really mature vintages, but people I trust have had positive experiences with very old vintages. The wines made at Siran from top vintages 1961 and older are said to be quite good.
The best vintages of Chateau Siran are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2005. Older vintages of Siran however, are well worth buying, if you can find any. The 1961 tasted recently was sublime.
Not all of their vines are located in the Margaux appellation. In fact, Chateau Siran also owns 11-hectares of vines in Bordeaux Superieur, where they produce Siran Saint Jacques. In addition, Chateau Siran also produces a wine from 2 hectares of vines they own in the Haut Medoc appellation which are used to produce Bel-Air de Siran.
When to Drink Chateau Siran, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Siran can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Siran is usually better with at least 7-10 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Siran offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-22 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Siran with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Siran is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will also warm up in the glass as the aromatics develop.
Chateau Siran is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Siran is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Siran Wine Tasting Notes
22 Vintages 172,817 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Lilacs, black raspberries, smoke, tobacco leaf, and cherries load the perfume. On the palate, the wine delivers fresh, red pit fruits, espresso, chocolate. blackberries and a fun, peppery, spicy note in the finish. The wine blends 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. 14% ABV. Harvesting took place September 13 - September 30. Drink from 2026-2050. 92-94 Pts.
3,229 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
Violets, cherries and tobacco leaf show up with ease on the palate. The wine is soft, fresh, polished, silky, vibrant, elegant and spicy. The finish is loaded with peppery, red currants, a touch of espresso and spicy plums. Give it a year or two of aging, and enjoy it over the following 15 or more years. Interestingly, this is the first time in ages, if not in history that the blend was dominated by Cabernet. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. 13% ABV. Drink from 2025-2040. 91-93
2,083 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
Medium bodied, bright, herbal, savory-edged, peppery red fruits on the nose and palate helped produce a wine that is best for early drinking pleasure. Drink from 2023-2029. 86-88
1,596 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
The complex nose opens with espresso, spice, smoke, mint leaves and an array of red pit fruits. The palate experience is even better with its layers of creamy, fresh, sweet, luscious fruits and silky tannins and touch of chocolate and spice that kicks in at the end of the long finish. Give this a year or two in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 2 decades. Siran is the best deal in high quality wine in the Margaux appellation today. Drink from 2024-2050.
2,660 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2023
Incense, spice, oak, licorice, spearmint, smoke and red fruits peek through the perfume with ease. From there, the wine is plush and polished round and supple with layers of sweet, ripe fruits, spice and earthy nuances. Give this 7-8 years of cellaring and pop a cork on the best value in the Margaux appellation today. 92-94 Pts
3,262 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
Intensely floral, with a strong note of violets, black cherry, espresso, cocoa and roses on the nose are what you initially notice. From there you move to the voluptuously textured palate with its layers of fresh, ripe, silky black fruit with a touch of spicy chocolate that hits all the right notes. They are doing everything right at Siran these days. This is a beauty from start to finish that for a wine of this quality, sells for a song. As an added bonus, the bottle features a special label design celebrating 160 years of family ownership. Drink from 2024-2047.
5,899 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
The overwhelming scent of violets is the first thing you notice. From there, touches of smoky espresso, sweet cherries and black pit fruits come alive. Silky and polished on the palate, the finish delivers loads of sweet, lush, ripe fruits with elegance and purity. 91-93 Pts
5,867 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
Showing a good depth of color, the wine kicks off with flowers, forest floor, espresso, tobacco leaf, spice and a hint of truffle. On the palate the wine is round, lush, full-bodied and carries its multiple-layers of sweet fruits nicely. There is depth, length and energy here. You can enjoy this for at least 20 years or more. The wine blends 45% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, 14% ABV.
4,010 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
With considerable color and silky tannins, this wine is rich, polished, lush and round. The fruit is ripe, sweet, fresh and long with a spicy, dark cherry and mocha finish. Made from blending 45% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the harvest took place from September 20 to October 13, reaching 14% ABV. 92-94 Pts
7,059 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
Cherry blossom, licorice, espresso and ripe plums get the medium bodied wine off to a good start. It's the blend of sweet, red fruits, soft, polished tannins and acidity that create the personality. You'll be able to enjoy this while waiting for the 2015 and 2016 to mature. The wine was made from blending 46% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot. The harvest took place from September 18 to October 5 and he wine reached 13.5% ABV.
5,318 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
Red and black currants, truffles, cherries, spice, and tobacco open the wine. Medium-bodied, elegant, lifted, and fresh, on the palate, the tannins are crisp, the fruits are ripe, sweet, and firm, with a spicy, savory edge in the finish. Drink from 2026-2046.
3,896 Views Tasted Jul 8, 2022
Deep in color the wine pops with oak, licorice, smoke, red fruits and espresso. The wine is medium-bodied, round delivers tobacco, licorice and dark, red pit fruit in the finish. Give this 7-8 years and pop a cork on the best value in the Margaux appellation.
5,105 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Medium-bodied, round and open, this wine delivers tobacco, licorice and dark, red pit fruit both in the nose and on the palate, with a softly textured, elegant finish. The wine was produced from blending 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.
9,913 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
Flowers, cigar box, black cherry, currant, and wet earth create the complex nose. On the palate, the wine is lush, soft, silky, and fresh. The fruit shows a cool, spicy edge along with cigar wrappers in the vibrant, polished finish. You can enjoy this now and over the 20 years with ease. Drink from 2024-2045.
5,598 Views Tasted Jul 8, 2022
This just keeps getting better and better. It is complex, fresh, rich, silky and lushly textured, with loads of sweet, ripe, fresh fruit on the nose and palate. This really offers great character. If you can wait until 2025, you will have a super wine on your hands. And it still sells for a song!
8,346 Views Tasted Dec 4, 2019
Silky textures, refined tannins and an elegant, fresh, juicy mouthful of earthy, ripe, sweet dark red fruits with nuances of tobacco, wet earth, cigar wrapper and a background note of licorice are a turn on. Give this about 7 years in the cellar and this should start to really show its character and complexities. Today, there is no better wine for the money from the Margaux appellation than the 2015 Chateau Siran. The wine was made from blending 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot.
8,756 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
There is no better wine from Margaux for the money than the4 2015. Thus sublime beauty offers silky textures, refined tannins and a sweet, juicy, mouthful of ripe, deep, red fruits, floral notes and a polished, soft, elegant finish. Prices can only go up. So grab it while you can.
9,852 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
There is no better wine for the money coming out of the Margaux appellation than Siran. Character driven, complex, fresh, fruity and with loads of earthy, dark red fruits and violets. Look at the top of my range, as that is where this is headed..
9,040 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
Medium/full-bodied with a nice polish to the sweet, black cherries, plum and cassis, the ripe tannins, silky textures and long finish taste and feel great. This is probably the best vintage yet produced by the southern Margaux. The wine is made from a blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot . Some of the credit for this super wine has to go to bringing in Hubert de Bouard as their consultant. 91 – 93 Pts
8,716 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2016
Time in the bottle has been good here. Tobacco leaf, forest floor, cedar, coffee bean, and roasted currants create the nose. The medium-bodied palate is forward, soft, fresh, spicy, and vibrant with a tobacco leaf and cedar edge to the red fruits in the finish. Drink from 2024-2039.
3,324 Views Tasted Jul 8, 2022
The debut vintage for Hubert de Bouard as the consultant has yielded a soft, approachable, silky, fresh, elegant charmer that will be drinkable early.
3,548 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2017
This is the best wine I’ve tasted from Siran. Medium-bodied, soft, round and open with a core of licorice, blackberry and dark molten chocolate, this is a property to watch, as Hubert de Bouard is now the consultant. 89-91 Pts
3,395 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2015
From a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, this medium-bodied wine displays rustic tannins and a crisp finish with cranberry and cassis. 83-85 Pts
3,073 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
Medium bodied, bright, red fruits, earth and spicy notes lead to a soft wine that should drink best on the young side.
3,946 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, the red berry and herb-tinged, lean wine is chalky on the finish. 84-86 Pts
4,049 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
Medium bodied, light in style, focused on red fruits and spice, this is a wine to drink young.
6,152 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2014
The years of additional age have really added a lot to this wine. Now, you find a medium-bodied, elegant, refined expression of tobacco, flowers, red currants, plum, and a hint of spice on the nose, and on the vibrant, expressive palate. Drink from 2023-2040.
2,235 Views Tasted Sep 25, 2022
Medium bodied, pleasant, straight forward, with a focus on earthy, black fruits, with a rustic, chalky quality to the tannins in the finish.
5,999 Views Tasted Nov 23, 2014
Looking a few years younger than its actual age, the wine offers red cherry, truffle, tobacco and cedar on the nose. Medium bodied, firm, classic and still fresh, the wine needs more time before it its ready. Give it another 5 years before popping a cork.
2,924 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
This is quite nice and does not display the usual rustic tannins I often find in this chateau. The licorice, espresso bean, earth, black cherry and floral nose opens to a medium bodied, soft, round wine with plenty of spicy, ripe berries in the finish.
2,951 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2014
Already showing secondary notes of truffle, ash, cigar box, tobacco and currants, on the palate, the wine is medium bodied, soft, with a cherry nuance, but lacking in the depth and complexity found in more recent vintages. You can drink this now, or age it a few more years.
2,758 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
Austere in style, with firm tannins, cassis, cherry and cranberry fruit and an earthy, spicy, tobacco scented nose.
5,872 Views Tasted Dec 4, 2014
Fully mature, the wine is already on the cusp of the earth, smoke and tobacco side, instead of the fruit-filled side, this is in its prime time drinking window. Medium bodied, soft, and easy on the palate, if you have any remaining bottles, I'd drink them over the next few years.
2,973 Views Tasted Sep 19, 2018
Nice wine here that is clearly drinking where you want it to be. The nose shows secondary characteristics of tobacco, flowers, dark red fruits and forest floor scents. There is good texture, concentration, length and freshness in the earthy, blackberry filled finish.
6,225 Views Tasted Jun 14, 2016
More on the earthy, secondary side with a focus on damp forest floor, leafy tobacco, currants, and leather. The palate is fading a bit, but, texturally, the wine is soft, earthy, and herbal, with a cherry and red currant endnote. The wine requires drinking before it continues fading. Drink from 2023-2025.
45 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2023
Fully developed, the perfume offers a gorgeous display of tobacco leaf, dried roses, potpourri, cigar box, and dried cherries with touches of herbs. Medium-bodied, soft, elegant, and still offering freshness in its red currant profile, this is probably one of the real bargains from the legendary 1961 vintage. Drink from 2022-2030.
1,625 Views Tasted Aug 13, 2022
Even though this was past its prime, it was still fabulous to taste this at 70 years of age. You could still find some currants, cedar, and wet earth nuances, though much of the fruit had dropped, leaving you with a crisp, overly acidic finish. Such is life. Nothing lasts forever. Drink from 2022-2023.
1,518 Views Tasted Nov 2, 2022