- Château d'Issan
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
- 2014 - 2028
- Case size
- Available Now
Goedhuis, May 2009,
One of the most consistently well-made wines of the appellation, the 2006 reveals a rich, deep ruby colour that leads to a super velvety palate of opulent bramble fruit, exceptionally ripe, fine tannins. Emmanuelle Cruse feels that his 2008 is better than his 2004 and 2002 and feels that it is more along the lines of his impressive 2006. Truly delicious.
Robert Parker, May 2011,
A wonderful success of the vintage, the 2008 d'Issan exhibits a dark plum/garnet/purple color as well as abundant aromas of flowers, Asian spices, jammy plums and black currants. Broad, savory and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin and an evolved, already delicious, complex style, this cuvee will age nicely for 10-15 years. Drink: 2011 - 2026
Robert Parker, April 2009,
This beautifully elegant, precise, well-delineated 2008 displays a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of spring flowers, blue and black fruits, and subtle graphite and earth. Medium to full-bodied with a layered, expansive mouthfeel, impressive purity, and a long finish with no hint of aggressiveness, this effort should be at its peak in 4-6 years, and evolve for 20-25 years. Drink: 2013 - 2038
Jancis Robinson, April 2009,
Mild, ripe nose. Silky texture and great freshness. Attractive, complete, confident wine. Very Margaux. Or do I mean very Cantenac?
Wine Spectator, April 2009,
Sweet blackberry and mineral aromas follow through to a medium body, with polished tannins and a medium finish. A little hollow, but good quality.
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.