1859 – 2019 Château Siran: 160 years of family history
2019 is an important year for Siran, which mark the acquisition of the property on January 14, 1859 by Léo Barbier, a Bordeaux wine merchant, from the hands of the Countess of Toulouse-Lautrec, great-grandmother of the famous painter. Since then, six generations of the same family have succeeded one another at the head of the estate. A history rare enough to deserve to be mentioned.
In addition to the acquisition of the estate, the family also owes Léo Barbier for having developed and embellished the property. His sons-in-law Léo, Paul and Alexandre Sollberg, wine brokers, ran Siran for a time, as mentioned in the 1881 edition of Cocks & Féret, before leaving in a hurry to live in Argentina.
In 1885, Fréderic Miailhe (son of Lovely Sollberg) and his uncle Marcel Mortier took over the management of Siran at the request of the Sollberg ladies. Fréderic Miailhe fell in love with Siran and devoted himself to it. So much so that in 1915, he buys back the shares of his Sollberg aunts.
His sons, Louis and Édouard succeeded him. Louis brought to Siran a passion for Petits Verdots and Merlots, which can be found in other properties that belonged to the Miailhe family such as Pichon Comtesse de Lalande or Palmer.
From 1960 to 2007, William-Alain, Édouard’s son and his wife Brigitte, modernized the winemaking tools of the estate and hired the first consultant oenologists, Emile Peynaud, Guy Guimberteau, then Jacques Boissenot. Great art lovers, we owe them the series of labels for great wine, created by renowned artists. And the splendid collection of objets d’art around wine, presented today in the Chai des Collections.
It is with passion and determination that Édouard Miailhe took over from his parents in 2007 with the ambition to continue making great wines that reflect the terroirs of the estate and prepare the vineyard for its transmission to future generations.
The year 2019 was marked by the stepping up of the work initiated, particularly with regard to environmental responsibilities. The estate and its teams, already practicing sustainable viticulture in the early 2000s, are pursuing their ecological commitments by using more organic products and drastically reducing the use of phytosanitary products, which are now limited solely to the fight against powdery mildew and downy mildew.
The High Environmental Value certi?cation (HVE 3) attests to the estate’s environmentally friendly practices, including the phytosanitary strategy, fertiliser management, water use and the preservation of biodiversity. This is the first important step towards organic farming.
This year is also full of promise: the 2018 vintage of Siran, which will be presented in April, is in the line of the great Margaux, faithful to its terroir and appellation. 2018 should rival the very fine 2015 and 2016 produced in Margaux.