- Château d'Issan
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
- 2018 - 2026
- Case size
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Goedhuis, April 2014,
This has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (74%) in the blend since the 2002 and 1996 vintages. The strength of Cabernet in the blend makes a wine with sweetly dense flavours of loganberries and damsons. Whilst not massively big, it has a medium weight and a strong, fresh finish.
Neal Martin, October 2016,
Neal Martin, April 2014,
The Château d'Issan, a blend of 26% Merlot and 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, has a simple, light redcurrant and cranberry scented bouquet that has a pleasant floral aspect. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, good depth considering the performance of its peers, with fine definition on the finish. At last - a decent Margaux 2013!
Decanter, April 2014,
Floral yet quite dense Cabernet fruit with balance and length, very Margaux, very attractive. Drink: 2017-2025
Jancis Robinson, April 2014,
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot. 50% new oak. Clove, blackcurrant, very firm tannins giving good, solid structure. Tender despite the firmness, and has the classic Margaux perfume. (RH)
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.