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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, 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 MW OBE - 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: 90-90 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2015)

The 2014 d'Issan is an open, forward wine that should drink well pretty much upon release as it already shows quite a bit of immediacy. Black cherry, plum, spice, new leather and licorice are some of the notes that meld together in the glass. The 2014 is juicy and not especially complex, but it does offer plenty of up-front appeal. Rating: 89-91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2015)

Mid crimson. Correct and well balanced. Spreads right across the palate. Really very impressive balance with lots of useful elements. Good drive and interest quotient. Complex and satisfying. Quite persistent. Really very impressive even if not a very long-term wine. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2015)

Sweet and ripe on the nose the palate is fresh quite light at the start slightly richer in the middle with more depth at the back. The mix of fruits gives complexity the red fruits giving brightness on the finish. Drinking range: 2025 - 2037 Rating: 86-89 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Apr 2015)

Elegant, with lacy yet persistent tannins carrying pretty plum, anise and savory hints. Lacks some stuffing on the finish. Rating: 86-89 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2015)

The 2014 D'Issan has a crisp, pure bouquet, quite tight and reticent like the 2014 Marquis d'Alesme Becker, eventually offering blackberry, soy and cedar scents, almost Saint Julien in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of herbaceousness on the entry, but there is plenty of fruit behind it. I like the classic style of this d'Issan, the pepperiness of the Cabernet driving the structured and quite masculine (for Margaux) finish. This is beginning to show the class that I thought it would and it may merit a higher score in the future. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 91+ Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Mar 2015)

A dense and tight wine with cedar, berry, light chocolate and nut character. Full body, compacted center palate with muscular tannins. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 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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