2008 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Margaux
Classification 3ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

Supple and fresh. Lightish texture but well-done. Bright, easy. Not grandiose but very pretty. Rating: 88 L&S (Apr 2009)

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The 2008 d’Issan has a fragrant bouquet with pretty blackberry, briary, cedar and crushed rose petal scents that unfolds nicely in the glass. It is not a powerful Margaux, yet it is very well defined, "correct" in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, quite rounded tannin. This is well balanced with plenty of freshness, crisp and taut and offers a tang of spice towards the finish. This 2008 is evolving with style and panache, drinkable now but probably offering another decade of drinking pleasure. Drinking range: 2018 - 2035 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, (Feb 2018)

There is more of a bramble character on the nose quite light and fresh. The palate starts with some sweet fruit which gives it richness and weight but then towards the back the tannins tend to take over so that the finish is quite firm and tight. 2014-25 Rating: 90 Derek Smedley MW, (Dec 2013)

Medium-deep ruby. Perfumed, sexy nose is redolent of smoky violet, ripe black cherry and minerals. Soft and fleshy on entry, but with strong, polished tannins and bright, harmonious acidity nicely framing the rich, ripe red cherry and plum flavors. Wonderful balance and a long, clean finish make this enjoyable midweight a standout. Congratulations to owner Emmanuel Cruse for increasing the concentration level of his grand vin without losing its trademark refinement. Rating: 89-92 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2009)

Château d'Issan

Margaux Troisième cru 1855 When Pierre l'Essenault inherited what became Château d'Issan through his marriage in the mid-17th Century, he knocked down the old castle that stood on the site and built the present château. He also gave it its name, these days somewhat abridged. During the 18th Century, part of the estate was divided away and became today's Château Palmer. In 1945, Château d'Issan was bought by Emmanuel Cruse who bought a run-down estate, ravaged by Depression and War with only 2ha of working vineyard. The vineyards now occupy 53ha, planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. Wines typically spend 18 months in wood. In 2013 Jacky Lorenzetti, who owns Lilian Ladouys, bought 50% of d'Issan to become co-owner with the Cruse family. Château d'Issan is among the fullest and richest Margaux's, a facet which sometimes in the past has suggested a lack of charm. Indeed, the Cruse family's care and attention to d'Issan has taken many years to bear fruit, with the wines only returning to top-flight quality in the latter years of the 20th Century. They are now among the better wines in the appellation and well worth their 3rd Growth status. There is a second wine at Château d'Issan called Blason d'Issan. Château d'Issan also includes some vines which fall outside the Margaux appellation - Château de Candale, Haut-Médoc and Moulin d'Issan, Bordeaux Supérieur.

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