When we found Chateau Sipian, a jewel of an estate, just north of Saint Estephe and a couple of blocks off the D2, it could not have been a more pleasant surprise. The 2016 is the product of an absolute classic vintage, one Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rates as a 97, the best since 2010. It is flat-out delicious, redolent of black cherries, violets and cedar with a concentrated core of cassis fruit and a mineral finish that goes way longer than any $25 bottle of wine should.
For $24, a Cabernet-based Left Banker, great tonight and every night for the next decade?….home run.
Grilled or roasted beef or lamb will be a great complement but the wine is versatile enough to work with roasted poultry or mushroom dishes.