June 7th 2017
At Goedhuis & Co we adore the wines made by Emmanuel Cruse of Chateau d’Issan. His wines are always among the top five wines made in the region of Margaux, and a joy to drink.
This wine is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon / 36% Merlot. The 2016 has an exquisite bouquet, so characteristic of Margaux, a soft, silky texture and beautiful purity. There is an underlying power, yet the wine remains subtle and gentle on the palate. The word seamless springs to mind and I thoroughly agree with Neal Martin when he says “this is a beautiful d’Issan”.
“Full body, ultra-fine tannins and great length. One of the greatest ever. Superb depth and intensity to this real Bordeaux. Wow.” 96-97 points, James Suckling
We must also mention the release of Issan’s 2nd wine, Blason, released at £227 per 12 IB. This is a superb wine that drinks well above its status.
“This is a fantastic Blason with gorgeous fruit and velvety tannins. Full-bodied and dense with soft and velvety tannins. Lovely acidity at the end. Best ever second wine from here.” 93-94 points, James Suckling
Ch d’Issan 3ème Cru Margaux 2016
£285 per 6 bottles IB
£570 per 12 bottles IB
£580 per 6 magnums IB
£220 per 1 single double magnum IB
£420 per 1 single imperial IB
A wine of elegance, balance and poise. A delicious example of the harmonious, refined characteristics from the appellation of Margaux. Perfumed, scented aroma of violets and freshly picked loganberries. This wine has a lovely sweetness of fruit, with a great degree of purity and a central tannic core. Destined to age beautifully, it is really quite lovely. Drink 2022-2035. 93-95 points, Goedhuis & CoIt has a very classic, slightly introverted bouquet with a light marine influence coming through, but remaining very reserved, a little aloof. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin and fine delineation; it is very crisp and focused, a classic Margaux through and through with outstanding salinity and persistence towards the precise finish. This is a beautiful D’Issan for long-term ageing, on par with the 2015. Drink Date 2026-2060. 93-95 points, Neal Martin
This is so energetic for a young d’Issan with lots of white pepper, crushed stones and blackberries. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and great length. One of the greatest ever. Superb depth and intensity to this real Bordeaux. Wow. 96-97 points, James Suckling
Beautiful violet and lilac-tinted edging to the colour, a promising sign of a vibrant, balanced wine, and it absolutely delivers on the palate. This is so fresh and uplifting, it has fruit intensity balanced with a perfumed elegance. Over 80% of the vines at Issan are at least 20 years old, and many much older, so they coped very well with the dry summer. This is a lovely classic Margaux, sculpted with a core of fine tannins that promise excellent ageing. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot. Blending was finished in late January with consultant Eric Boissenot. 95 points, Jane Anson, Decanter
Blason d’Issan Margaux 2016
£227 per 12 bottles IB
£237 per 6 magnums IB
This is a fantastic Blason with gorgeous fruit and velvety tannins. Full-bodied and dense with soft and velvety tannins. Lovely acidity at the end. Best ever second wine from here. 93-94 points, James Suckling