2005 Saint Jacques de Siran, Bordeaux Supérieur

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42% Merlot, 36% Cabernet, 22% Cab Franc. Owned by the folks of Chateau Siran so you know the wine is good. Very spicy with a rich, round texture on the palate. Great value.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2010 | Send Email
This wine is something of a curiosity, a product of French wine laws. It bears the appellation "Bordeaux Superior" even though the 11 hectares of vines from which it is made are part of the larger property of Margaux's Chateau Siran. Because it lies outside the Margaux appellation, the fruit from these vines cannot be included in the "Grand Vin" so it is bottled separately and sells for half the price. This 2005 Saint Jacques de Siran shows all the big, mouthfilling fruit so typical of the vintage. On the nose: black fruits and spicy oak. On the palate: tart blackberry and cassis. Tannins are still quite firm. Enjoy now with an hour or so in the decanter or over the next 3 to 5 years.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2010 | Send Email
This wine is from the Siran house in Margaux but from the vineyards that lie on the Margaux appellation's border that are planted with 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc. The nose is a bit dusty at first, but when it opens up the plum, currant and leather comes to the front. The palate is astringent with good structure and medium body with dark fruit and herbs. The finish is filled with spice and more herbal flavors.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2009 | Send Email
This wine was a delightful suprise at our last staff tasting. Really well balanced, lovely red currant and plum flavors and a nice supple finish. This is a great wine for drinking now and you don't have to cross the $15 threshold to get there.

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