2014 Siran, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Siran 2014 has perhaps the most sophisticated bouquet that I have encountered at this stage from this upcoming estate. There is real definition and focus here, more precision than recent vintages have shown. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin. There is good acidity, energetic and animated in the mouth with a vivacious finish that has class. This is very promising for the future and it may warrant a higher score in bottle. Hopefully proprietor Edouard Miailhe now has the grand Margaux estate on the right tracks after years of inconsistent performances? This 2014 suggests that is the case. (NM)
*Barrel Tasting* Plum pit, cherry and dried anise notes form the core, with a light mesquite edge starting to emerge on the finish. A pretty, understated style.
Solid core of fruit with chewy tannins and a walnut, chocolate charcter. Full body. Lots of fruit.
A powerful, voluptuous wine, the 2014 Siran boasts gorgeous depth and terrific overall balance. Juicy black cherries, mocha, spices and new leather blossom in a pliant, inviting Margaux. The juicy, open-knit Siran is probably best enjoyed over the near and medium term. (AG)
*Barrel Sample* This is a wine that has already managed to balance fruit and structure. With a halo of fresh fruit floating above solid, yet not excessive, tannins, this wine should age well over the medium term.
Comfortable dark crimson look. Sweet graphite nose – a bit like really ripe Cabernet Franc. Juicy fruit and with a little bit of drying tannin on the end. Some richness but also a little bit of austerity on the end.
Produced from soils made up of a deep layer of gravel, the wines of Siran are typical of the great Margaux growths. Both powerful and delicate, they express the perfect balance between tannin, fruit and acidity. They are long-ageing wines, which, over time develop sweetness on the palate, giving a characteristic silky and velvety mouthfeel. Made from a subtle blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, Château Siran generally expresses finesse, femininity and silkiness rather than the raw power and virility of some Médoc wines. The high percentage of Petit Verdot, which can be as much as 15% of the final blend in some years, brings a spicy finish that enhances the unique character of the wines. Château Siran displays charm when young but is also a wine of very long ageing potential. Wine enthusiasts particularly appreciate the complexity of its aromas that develop over time.