- Château d'Issan
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
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Goedhuis, April 2004
Emmanuel Cruse's dog, Gordon, recently recovered from a heart attack, was inconveniently lying in the tasting room and we had to step with care. Having negotiated this canine obstacle, we were hugely impressed by this wine. Like Labegorce Zede and Margaux, being close to the river ensured that they didn't suffer from the drought. It is ironic that in the past this is a property that has had to invest in drainage! Yields were very low this year and only about 75% of the usual number of barrels were made. Although this wine has the richness and power of the vintage, it has balance and purity with great reserves of dark fruit.
Robert Parker, April 2006,
This beautiful, elegant 2003 is a top-notch success for Margaux. More accessible and softer than usual, it boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as a beautiful bouquet of flowers, black currants, plums, and underbrush. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, opulent, and complex, it can be consumed now and over the next 10-15 years. Drink: 2007-2021
Robert Parker, April 2005,
Deep ruby/purple in color with an elegant, focused bouquet of floral notes intermixed with blueberry, black currants, and some earth and spice, this wine reveals elegance, ripeness, good freshness, and a medium-bodied, attractive finish with low acidity, supple tannins, outstanding depth, and overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2017.
Decanter, April 2004
Very deep ruby, lovely, ripe and smooth Cabernet-Merlot fruit, soft and seductive, could have more grip, but may gain this in barrel, floral and charming, very attractive. Drink: 2008-2016.
Many collectors view this château as well worth its status... and they are not alone. For centuries, d'Issan has been a coveted treasure. According to local lore, it was served at thewedding of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet as well as a favourite of Emperor François-Joseph of Austria. Since 1945, the property has been owned by the Cruse family with Emmanuel Cruse at the château's helm.
Plump, silky and seductive are the words often used to describe wines from Margaux. Because of their style, they tend to be user friendly and more approachable when young. This is in part due to its terroir which is comprised of the thinnest soil as well as the highest proportion of chunky gravel in all of the Médoc. It drains well but also is it more susceptible to vintage variation. Margaux wines tend to have the highest proportions of Merlot within the core of the Médoc further adding to their ample roundness and openness. Margaux is home to the largest number of classified growths including its namesake first growth, Château Margaux, as well as third growths, Palmer and d'Issan.