Maison Sichel

1883 AOC Bordeaux Rouge 2020


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"1883" AOC Bordeaux Rouge, Maison Sichel, France, 2020      

Grape: 100% Merlot, no added sulphites

This cuvée is named after the year Maison Sichel was formed.

A wine without added sulphur, crafted using the methods of yesteryear, yet resolutely contemporary, authentic and based on environmentally friendly methods. To create this wine without the addition of sulphur, the technical team at Maison Sichel select perfectly ripened grapes in impeccable condition from the best-quality parcels. Making wines without sulphites added calls for very special precautions and huge technical skill to ensure that the wines will keep and to prevent any risk of microbiological accidents. The absence of sulfites added is good news for anyone who loves young wines.

This wine is made with selected grapes from parcels with a balanced terroir. The vines are planted on slopes with clay-and-silt soils which did not suffer from excessive rainfall in the spring or from drought while the grapes were ripening.

The grapes attained perfect maturity with plenty of crunchy fruit, freshness and, first and foremost, in perfect condition. We took advantage of a fine, fresh September morning to harvest these grapes and deliver them to the winery as fast as possible. Because everything has to happen fast to prevent any deterioration in the grapes, which have no protection against oxidation and micro-organisms. During the alcoholic fermentation, we sought to extract a maximum amount of fruit and body to obtain a rounded, silky wine. We extracted a moderate amount of tannin to produce a wine without too much astringency. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was filtered to reduce the risk of microbiological contamination.

This ruby-coloured wine displays an intense nose with ripe cherry flavours and the silky feel of fully ripe Merlot. On the palate it is round and supple, with beautiful notes of red fruits and soft tannins. Our latest 2020 vintage of the "1883" cuvée can keep for a few years but is best enjoyed young within two to three years of its vintage.

Merlot is very versatile for matching with food. Try with chicken, duck, turkey, grilled mushrooms, or roasted vegetables. Italian-styled tomato based dishes sprinkled with parmesan cheese.


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