Sichel Pauillac 2017 declassified Bordeaux  £27.95


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Sichel Pauillac Red 2017

With the Sichel range, they offer the consumer wines that are vinified with the highest levels of competence, selected with severity always representative of the label of origin and which remain affordable. They are quality wines produced to bring guaranteed pleasure.

Appellation AOC Pauillac is situated on the left bank of the Gironde and has all the climatic and geological conditions required to produce wines of the highest quality. This AOC boasts three wines that figured in the first five Grands Crus Classés of 1855. With its 1,200ha of vines, Pauillac produces 54,000hl of red wine every year. The terroir for these vines is a knoll of gravelly soil planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent with Petit Verdot and Malbec. Experts are unanimous that Cabernet Sauvignon is in its element in this terroir.

The vineyard is tended with a respect for environmental balance. Yields are controlled, the grapes handpicked. Winemaking: pump-overs and maceration times differ from vat to vat depending on which block the grapes come from and tannic ripeness. Alcoholic fermentation: in wood and stainless steel vats, temperature-controlled. Maceration 15-20 days. Malolactic fermentation in wood and stainless steel vats Aged 20 months in oak barrels.

Beautifully coloured with deep purple tints, this wine offers all the richness and elegance typical of this prestigious appellation. Grown in the very best terroirs and vinified with the same meticulous care as the Grands crus, it offers up a bouquet suggestive of pepper and liquorice along with fresh red fruit aromas. The silky, aromatic attack is followed by an elegantly structured mid-palate that goes hand in hand with moderate extract and notes of pure cassis. The distinguished finish is typical of this exceptional terroir.

Can be enjoyed while young (2-3 years after the vintage) but has cellaring potential for quite a few years more.

*This wine comes from a very prestigious Chateau in the Pauillac appellation which due to the nature of the wine must remain nameless. If you purchased this wine in their 'Grand Vin' label it would cost you several hundred pounds per bottle. This is an absolute bargain at the price. 


Why do Chateaux declassify?
Well the reason is all about keeping the price of the “big wine” up, as all the Châteaux can produce more wine than they actually want to make available, so if (for example purposes only of course) Château Insert Famous House Name can make 10,000 cases a year they maybe only want to sell 6,000 cases a year at full price in order to keep the prices up through rarity. The excess production is then “declassified” to the lowest possible level for the production area then sold off at a fraction of the price under a basic merchant label in order to keep stock moving and free up storage space.

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