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CHÂTEAU D'ISSAN

2014 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

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

Quite bright on the nose, lovely violet character and blueberries which follow through to the quite lush and juicy core. Densely packed a darker feel develops with dark blackberries and a note of leafy tobacco. Fine grained tannins add good and serious edge. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2015)

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The 2014 d’Issan has a comparatively simple and straightforward bouquet relative to its peers, a light marine influence evolving with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well judged acidity, harmonious and precise with a sustained finish. But it does not want to put a foot wrong and consequently there is an air of conservatism about this Margaux playing safe. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2045 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Mar 2018)

Sweet and rich on the nose. Very lively and toasty but a bit tarty. Lean. Drinking range: 2021 - 2032 Rating: 16+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)

Lovely floral fruit, elegant freshness and natural depth - a true taste of Margaux from this historic château. (Highly recommended Margaux, Decanter.) Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 90 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2015)

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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