D'Issan’s second wine from younger vines, but as they say 'the same DNA', as it all comes from the same vineyard block as the Grand Vin. (They also own some outlying parcels in the Haut Médoc appellation, but these are sold under another label, 'Moulin d'Issan'.) Fresh, balanced and vivid on the nose and then a very harmonious, sweet dark cherry attack on the palate. More immediate than the first wine which is lovely as it will be more immediately drinkable! The 2012 was tried a few days previously and is gorgeous now but 2016 will be even better five years down the line. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 90-92 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Blason d'Issan is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 60% Merlot matured in 35% new oak. It has a light, slightly earthy bouquet with blackberry and autumn leaf aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly hard tannin on the entry, quite crisp, but there is a touch of hardness on the finish that will need to be addressed during the élevage. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 85-87 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)
Fresh and penetrating aroma. Luscious texture. Doesn’t taste like a second wine! Just a little stodgy on the finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2017)
This is a fantastic Blason with gorgeous fruit and velvety tannins. Full-bodied and dense with soft and velvety tannins. Lovely acidity at the end. Best ever second wine from here. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2017)
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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