Chateau Sissan is the jewel in the crown of two wine making brothers, Paul and Jean Yung. Continuing their father’s legacy, they have worked passionately to fulfil his dreams of producing exquisite Claret from classic Petits Chateaux. The Yungs also own Chateau Montjouan in Bouilac, a lovely wine we introduced to the UK for the first time a couple of years ago.
Sissan is a 17th century chateau that sits on the heights of Camblanes in Cadillac and was acquired by the Yungs in 1990 with the objective of transforming it into one of the benchmark wines of the AOC. The vintage ‘Grand Reserve’ is the pride of Paul and Jean, a gem they have modeled to reveal the best of Sissan. The vineyard has some beautiful small plots (up to 4 metres deep in gravel) on exposed hillsides. Yields are deliberately limited. The excellence continues in the cellars with partial vinification in separate lots, which allows the expression of the best of Sissan’s terroir.
Cadillac is noted for its ability to produce sweet whites but it is less known that it also produces stylish and elegant reds under the Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux AOC. This appellation denotes the higher quality of its wines from the surrounding region. Sissan is a prime example of the quality on offer and the ‘Grande Reserve’ is a gold medal winner. Being aged and fuller bodied, Sissan is a wine to be enjoyed with food – try it with braised beef recipes such as osso bucco, steak a la bordelaise or slow cooked pulled pork. It also accompanies roast lamb beautifully as well as lamb tagine or moussaka.