2015 3ème Cru Classé Margaux

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

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Very creamy smooth emulsion feel, good and ripe, with quite expressive high-toned red fruit as well as blacker depth. A creamy richness as well as real elegance - well done. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)

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The 2015 d'Issan, which was bottled in May 2017, has a potent bouquet with a mixture of black cherries, cedar and subtle estuarine aromas that were in evidence from barrel. This is a bouquet that is determined to make a statement. The palate is medium-bodied with quite grippy tannin, nicely structured à la Brane-Cantenac with veins of pencil lead towards the finish. This is simply an outstanding d'Issan...perhaps the best to date? Tasted in Bordeaux at a private dinner. Drinking range: 2023 - 2050 Rating: 94 Neal Martin, (Jul 2018)

Very complex aromas of currants, blackberries and iodine with hints of dried mushrooms and flowers. Full-bodied, very fine and silky with a very, very long finish. Shows tension and finesse. Structured yet shows an ultra-fine texture. Deep, dense center palate, yet it's all so polished. A wine for the future. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 96 James Suckling, (Feb 2018)

The assemblage here is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. The yield was 40 hl/ha, and this took 55% of the crop. A charming, really dark yet perfumed nose, showing a pencil-drawn definition to the fruit, smoky and imposing. This is very pretty and poised, feeling like a wine of conviction, but also one true to the appellation The palate is filled with purely defined black fruits especially black plum, laced with liquorice. A very fine grip, poised, fresh, with a very finely poised precision. Correct tannins, with a ripe, lightly chalky and beautifully precise definition. A fresh and quite beautiful elegance, with perfumed black plum and damson, a floral elegance, overall a very smart wine with a long and elegant finish filled with ripe tannins. Rating: 17-18/20 Chris Kissack, (Apr 2016)

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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