Classification: Cru Bourgeois
Chateau Cissac lies in the village of Cissac between St Estephe and Pauillac and takes its name from a Roman military leader named Cissus sent by Caesar to complete the conquest of Gaul. The first traces of the building that is now Château Cissac lie over a Roman villa and tombs have been found in the village and in the grounds dating from the period of King Merovee, father of Charlemagne. Château Cissac has been owned by the Vialard family since 1885. The Vialard family have been closely linked to the Haut Médoc since 1793, as winemakers for Chateaux Latour and Lafite. In 1940 Louis Vialard restructured their estate, selling Château Clerc Milon and Château Anseillan to two branches of the Rothschild family.
The Chartreuse style building at Cissac dates from 1769 and was constructed by Louit, the famous architect, for the Abiet family who used it at the time as an art gallery. Relics from its Roman past lie within the house including floor tiles with paw marks from a Roman dog which must have run across them when they were still drying! Cissac is now run by the fifth generation of Vialard's, Danielle and her daughter, Marie, and is producing beautifully crafted clarets.
The vineyards at Cissac extend over 123 acres of fine gravels over chalk. The grapes grown are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and are of an average age of 30 years.
Cissac's wines are firm, elegant and complex with notes of vanilla, tobacco, cedar wood, black cherry, blackcurrant and spice. These well structured wines have fine tannins, age well and are rapidly gained the credit that they deserve.
Owner: The Vialard Family (also own Chateau de Breuil in the Haut Medoc, Domaine de Saint Dominique in the Languedoc)
Chateau Website: www.chateau-cissac.com