Dominik Mueller

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1978 Château Siran

Tasting note

1978 Château Siran

The vintage 1978 was not ideal in Bordeaux. First a cool start, but then a warm summer. The quality of the wines is mixed, not everything will have lasted until today. So I had no particular expectation of the 1978 Château Siran, but great interest and looked forward to opening it. First, the cork. Almost completely penetrated, it fell apart easily. But what ended up filtered in the carafe was a clear wine that immediately released a beautiful scent of dark berries. I promptly poured into the first glass, but decanted the rest for 90 minutes.

Dark red in colour, as expected with a slight brick red. But not brown at all, a good sign. I was surprised by the fragrance already mentioned. Dark berry, blackcurrant, raisins, plus some beetroot. Not dominated by the tertiary aromas, which were of course also present. Cigar box, leather, earth. With more time in the glass, a little stable smell developed, wet hay, but faded away again. Everything is held together by a fresh note, like liquorice or eucalyptus, but this is restrained in the background. Soft in the mouth, thin tannins after many years of bottle ageing. On the palate, dark berries again, slightly peppery. Dark chocolate with raspberries. This is coherent, the fruit still has something to counter the acidity. Unfortunately, the length on the palate is a little lacking.

1978 Château Siran

We don’t need to quibble about the fact that the zenith of this wine has meanwhile passed, after an incredible 45 years. Nevertheless, this 1978 Château Siran was a good wine with Bordeaux characteristics that I enjoyed for over two hours. Still enjoyable when well stored, but better to drink it now if there is still a bottle in the cellar! DM89-.

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Tasted by Dominik Müller on Thursday, 10 August 2023.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
9Wines with a DM9 to DM12 rating are very good wines, above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They are pure, balanced, and have no flaw whatsoever. They begin to show complexity. Moreover, these wines have their own character and transport typicity and terroir.
/ 20 ("very good")
Stars:
4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of personality and complexity.
/ 5

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Wine details

Vintage: 1978
Colour:red
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:yes
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château Siran
Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Subregion:Médoc
Appellation: Margaux AOC
Vineyard: n/a
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