We usually approach most potential selections with caution. After all, there are no absolutes, especially in wine (well, almost no absolutes). In the case of this selection, caution is not needed. First of all, Siaurac is in the little-known appellation of Lalande de Pomerol, which is just north of Pomerol. That automatically makes it special and a great value.
Then you learn that the estate is owned by Artemis Domaines who also runs places like Chateau Lafite, Chateau Grillet in the Rhone, Clos de Tart (one of the greatest Burgundy estates), and the Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley. It is inconceivable that this powerhouse of brands is under one roof. But, it is so. As if that isn't enough, the consulting oenologist is Jean-Claude Berrouet, formerly of Chateau Petrus in Pomerol. Petrus produces only one wine, a red from Merlot grapes, which is one of the most sought-after and expensive wines in the world.
With this background, you can imagine just how good our selection will be and you won't be disappointed. As is the rigor from this area, the blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. But, Merlot here is not like any other. It has the force and presence that equals or surpasses Cabernet Sauvignon.
The dense color signals the forthcoming wine. Black currants and cassis fill the air. They then descend on the palate, immersing it in luscious fruit, dark chocolate, and spice. It finishes begging for beef bourguignon or mushroom-lathered chateaubriand.