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History of the estate

Athough its location, its terroir and its reputation largely deserved to be included in the 1855 classification, the Toulouse-Lautrec family, owners of Siran, legitimists and faithful to their family tradition, had declined the invitation to be included in this “Bonapartist classification”. At one time classified Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel alongside the châteaux Phélan-Ségur, Haut-Marbuzet, Chasse-Spleen, Château Siran is now charting its own unique and singular path on the road to excellence.

160 years of family history

The family story started in the middle of the 18th century, when this complete, harmonious estate, rich in biodiversity, with undeniable charm seduced Léo Barbier. The 17-hectares vineyard, in a single block, in the heart of the Médoc’s greatest terroirs. Léo Barbier, a Bordeaux wine merchant, recognized the qualities of this jewel. After it was acquired on 14 January 1859 from Jeanne-Adèle, Countess of Toulouse-Lautrec, he decided to develop and embellish the property.

His two daughters married the brothers Paul and Alexandre Sollberg in 1866. But the two sons-in-law went bankrupt between 1883-85 and left in a hurry to live in Argentina. In 1885 the family called upon a nephew, Fréderic Miailhe, son of Elie Miailhe and Lovely Sollberg, to manage Siran with a Sollberg son-in-law, Marcel Mortier. Fréderic Miailhe, a wine broker, fell in love with Siran and devoted himself to it. So much so that in 1915, he bought back the shares of his Sollberg aunts. We owe him great thanks, especially also for the still delicious 1918 vintage.

The Miailhe Family

Established in Portets in the 17th century, the Miailhe family counts among its members mayors, jurats, and advisors to the king. Elie Miailhe took up the profession of broker in 1793. His descendants continued to work as brokers without interruption until 1970. Their dynamism encouraged them to invest in the Médoc wine industry between 1920 and 1950.

Louis and Édouard, Fréderic’s sons succeeded him. Louis brought to Siran a passion for Petit Verdots and Merlot, which can be found in other properties that belonged to the Miailhe family such as Pichon Comtesse de Lalande or Palmer.

After the death of Édouard Miailhe in 1959, the properties were managed in the family indivision and then distributed among his three children. Siran went to his son William-Alain.

William-Alain Miailhe managed Siran from 1978 to 1988. He equipped the estate with modern winemaking tools and hired the first consultant oenologists, Émile Peynaud, Guy Guimberteau and then Jacques Boissenot. Brigitte Miailhe, his wife, succeeded him from 1988 to 2007. Both art lovers, we owe them the series of labels designed for Château Siran by renowned artists, which enchanted Siran wine lovers for more than 20 years.

In 2007, their son, Édouard Miailhe, took over the reins of the estate. He has undertaken very important investments to restructure and modernize the vineyard, the vat room, the arrival of the harvest, the aging cellar, the tasting rooms, the shop and the cellar. These considerable efforts allow Siran today to fully assume its place as one of the assimilated Classified Growths of 1855.


Looking back on our past

Guilhem de Siran
took a feudal oath to the Abbot of Sainte-Croix of Bordeaux, in the church of Macau.
Siran (Ciran)
is mentioned in the inventory of the property of Marie Poncastel, wife of Jean Lussignet (Lucinet) who is believed to have establish the estate.
Flore Lussignet (Lucinet),
married John II du Boscq. Their heirs William and then François Augustin du Boscq succeeded one another as lords of the estate.
François-Augustin du Boscq
married Jeanne Félicité Chaperon. She managed Siran during the revolution, while her husband and sons emigrated.
Elie Miailhe
is appointed wine broker under a royal concession. The Miailhe family settled in Bordeaux.
Marie Duboscq
the daughter of Jeanne Félicité, Siran's heiress, married Jean-Charles, Count of La Roque-Bouillac. He raised the coat of arms of his family on the west side of the chartreuse.
Jeanne Adèle de Laroque-Bouillac,
their daughter, married the Count of Toulouse Lautrec. He added his coat of arms on the east facade of the chartreuse.
Creation of the Miailhe brokerage office
Start of a new family history
Léo Barbier bought the estate for 100,000 francs from Jeanne Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec, great-grandmother of the famous painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Léo Barbier
passed on the leadership of Siran to his sons-in-law, Paul and Alexandre Sollberg.
Fréderic Miailhe, the son of Lovely Sollberg, and Marcel Mortier
were asked to run Siran on behalf of their aunts Mrs. Paul and Mrs. Alexandre Sollberg.
Fréderic Miailhe
bought the shares of his two aunts, Mrs. Paul and Mrs. Alexandre Sollberg and became the sole owner of Siran.
Édouard F. Miailhe, the son of Frédéric
officially took over the leadership of the estate.
Emile Peynaud, forefather of modern oenology
became Siran's first consulting oenologist.
Death of Édouard F. Miailhe
The start of the Miailhe, Lencquesaing, Sichère co-ownership.
William-Alain Miailhe, the son of Edouard,
took over Siran after the family partition of the properties.
First illustrated label
Château Siran for the 1980 vintage on the theme of Solidarnosc.
Brigitte Miailhe, William-Alain’s wife,
assumed the leadership of the domain.
Siran is recognised as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
The classification is cancelled in 2007 and Siran definitively renounced its Crus Bourgeois status.
Édouard Miailhe, the son of William-Alain,
represented the 6th generation of the same family at the head of the estate.
The Miailhe family
celebrates 160 years of family history in Siran.

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