There was one reason why we decided to offer this wine even before we tasted it. It comes from Maison Sichel, founded by Peter Sichel, one of our favorite gentlemen and a huge supporter of Wine of the Month Club. He unfortunately left us far too early, but his company and memory live on.
Peter single handedly lifted the quality of AOC Bordeaux. These are wines that don't inhabit the fancy communes, like Margaux where one of his chateaux is located. They are in areas that can only be labeled Bordeaux and were supposedly not as good. Peter rightfully reasoned that all of Bordeaux is special. The only reason the wines weren't as good is that they couldn't afford the methods of production used in areas like Margaux and Graves. They wouldn't be able to charge enough because it was just labeled Bordeaux. If it sounds like a paradox, it is.
Peter began buying grapes in the Bordeaux appellation in 1985. He took them to his chateau, d'Angludet, where he processed them as he did his estate grapes. This experiment was a huge success as he was able to charge more than the other Bordeaux wines. They were so markedly better that charging twice the price of ordinary Bordeaux still made them a bargain.
Sirius is named after the brightest star in our night sky. This perfect blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon along with aging in oak barrels for 12 months gives it all the black cherry, earth, plum, and vanilla we expect in wines costing twice the price.