The wines of Chateau d’Issan have been steadily improving since 2000. In fact, the back to back hits of 2009 d’Issan and 2010 d’Issan are the most exciting vintages I have tasted from this property! Both wines are beautiful examples of Margaux with great character and style. That’s going to be a fun pair of wines to compare over the next several decades. Read more...
A strong effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse, d'Issan's 2009 was fashioned from minuscule yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, and its 13.7% natural alcohol set a record at this estate. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, it exhibits a classic Margaux fragrance of acacia flowers/violets, blueberries, cassis, licorice and camphor. Opulent and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a rich, dense style, it will be interesting to compare the 2009 with the brilliant 2000 and 2005 over the next two to three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035+. Robert Parke #199Feb 2012
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