12.5% | FRANCE

A beautiful pale yellow with greenish tints, a generous nose of tropical fruits, floral and citrus fragrances ending with marked mineral notes. On the palate, the volume and freshness are...
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A beautiful pale yellow with greenish tints, a generous nose of tropical fruits, floral and citrus fragrances ending with marked mineral notes. On the palate, the volume and freshness are further indications of the richness of the Sauvignon, which forms a perfect alliance with the old Sémillon vines to deliver a wonderfully fresh, harmonious balance. A lingering, mineral finish rounds out this fine white Bordeaux.

After stringent selection, the grapes are vinified by our team of winemakers in Cave Sichel with the same painstaking care as for the Graves and Pessac-Léognan Grands Crus Classés. Sirius White is situated at the high end of the Bordeaux category; Sémillon is the principal grape variety, bringing the lushness of tropical fruit to the more tangy Sauvignon. A discreet, pared-down label for a modern chic, wine, equally ideal for trendy bistros or gourmet restaurants.

The grapes are harvested by machine at optimal ripeness. At reception, the Sémillon grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press. To help extract the aromatic compounds contained in the skins of the Sauvignon, the grapes undergo pre-fermentation maceration for 12-14 hours, after which they too are pressed. All pre-fermentation operations are carried out with the use of carbon dioxide gas to protect the grapes and must from oxidation. The grape juice thus obtained is cold-settled to clarify it. Some is then run into new barrels (20%) and the rest into stainless steel vats for the start of alcoholic fermentation. Once this is completed, the wine is aged on the fine lees for 2 to 3 months and stirred regularly to foster extraction of the desirable compounds contained in the lees. Once the wine has acquired the desired richness and complexity, it is racked off. This marks the start of tastings by the winemaking team to create the best blend and make the most of the qualities of each selected batch. Before bottling, the wine is clarified using bentonite and simply filtered for brilliance.

The first Bordeaux wine merchant to create its own winery back in 1967, Maison Sichel poured every last drop of skill and know-how into Sirius with the aim of making it the company’s flagship brand. Maison Sichel own distingushed names such as Château Palmer, Château Angludet and Château Argadens.

So it was that the Sirius brand (the name is taken from the brightest star in our solar system) was produced from the 1985 vintage thanks to the efforts of Peter A. Sichel who wanted to show that, while it is the terroir which imparts character to wine, quality depends above all on the way the wine is made. Research, innovation and quality assurance methods make it possible to surpass the general quality standards of a region.

This conviction on the part of their father has, over time, turned into a genuine corporate philosophy for the five Sichel brothers who currently run Maison Sichel.
Sirius is THE wine which bears testimony to the experience and know-how of Maison Sichel. It has finesse and sophistication and all the typical characteristics of a Bordeaux. This modern and original wine can either be laid down or drunk straight away.

The flagship brand of Maison Sichel, Sirius is aimed both at modern customers who enjoy easily accessible wines, and aficionados of Grands Crus and vins de garde – wines for laying down – who know and love the wines of Bordeaux.

Enjoy it young fruity and lively. After 3 to 4 years of bottle, the wine becomes more complex, more mineral.

“Partly fermented in wood, this balanced wine reveals delicious citrus acidity allied to tropical fruits and cinnamon. The wine is both fruity and textured, with minerality and zingy orange zest.”
92/100 Wine Enthusiast, R. Voss (August 2020) 

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Vintage
2019
ABV %
12.5%
Organic
No
Vegan
Unknown

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