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 newly released 2019 is coming out of the gate like an angry bull, showing some much energy and liveliness. There’s probably a reason for that. A number of people have referred to the 2019 as a miracle vintage. Wine Enthusiast raved, “The 2019 Bordeaux vintage is a cross between the openness of 2009, a popular vintage for American wine lovers, and the more structured 2010”. That’s wildly good praise!
This one 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. The aromatics here soar, redolent of super-ripe red cherry, red plum, and cedar. In the mouth, the fruit is concentrated yet balanced with great tension, with flavors of bright red/purplish berry fruit, wild flowers, savory spice, anise and underbrush all developing in the glass. Silky tannins wrap it all together in a long, fresh finish. Medium in body and all class, the ‘19 Sipian is an absolute winner.
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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.