Chateau Cissac is a Cru Bourgeois estate, located in the village of Cissac, right in the heart of the Médoc, purportedly built on the remains of a Roman villa. It is the most northerly estate in the Haut Médoc appellation. The property dates from 1769, and has been owned by the Vialard family for five generations, managed today by Marie Vialard who is a direct descendent of Jacques Mondon, who bought the estate in 1895, and Louis Vialard who restored it in the mid-20th century. The vineyards adjoin the prestigious Pauillac and St-Estèphe appellations and 50 hectares of vineyards are predominantly planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, supplemented with 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot on sandy gravel on top of clay and limestone soils. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The wine is aged for up to 18 months in oak, 40% new. The Château Cissac style is particularly complex; rich expressive wines, with a distinctive depth of colour, and are highly regarded by wine critics.