2008 d'Issan Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JG 93
  • WA 92
  • IWC 92

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JG 93
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, April 2014
As I wrote about way back in Issue Thirty-Four, the 2008 Château d’Issan is an excellent example of this outstanding and truly underrated vintage, and this most recent bottle showed even better potential than the bottle... As I wrote about way back in Issue Thirty-Four, the 2008 Château d’Issan is an excellent example of this outstanding and truly underrated vintage, and this most recent bottle showed even better potential than the bottle I sampled back in Bordeaux in preparation for that article. The bouquet is deep, pure and utterly classic in profile, offering up a fine mix of dark berries, cassis, cigar smoke, gravelly soil tones, fresh herbs and a nice framing of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, nascently complex and beautifully structured, with a fine core, suave tannins and excellent length and grip on the focused and properly reserved finish. This will be every bit as fine as the more highly-touted 2009 d’Issan and is one of the great sleepers of this excellent year. 2020-2060+. 93+
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
A wonderful success of the vintage the 2008 d'Issan exhibits a dark plum/garnet/purple color as well as abundant aromas of flowers Asian spices jammy plums and black currants. Broad savory and medium to full-bodied with... A wonderful success of the vintage the 2008 d'Issan exhibits a dark plum/garnet/purple color as well as abundant aromas of flowers Asian spices jammy plums and black currants. Broad savory and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin and an evolved already delicious complex style this cuvee will age nicely for 10-15 years.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2009
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... 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. -Ian D'Agata
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2008

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Chateau d’Issan expresses the exquisite bouquet so characteristic of Margaux, and stands out for its suppleness, subtlety, elegance and long aging potential.

The wine is made from the old vines in the Chateau d’Issan enclosure in the middle of the Margaux appellation. The soil is mainly comprised of surface gravel on a clay subsoil, contributing to optimal ripeness and freshness in the estate’s two grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine is aged in barrels for 16 to 18 months, half of which are new.

Winery

d'Issan

Chateau d’Issan is located in the center of the Margaux appellation and rated as a third growth in the official Bordeaux Classification of 1855. Mild weather, moderated by proximity to the sea and the Gironde Estuary, provides ideal conditions for vine growth. The vines are, on average, 35 years old. The estate has 44 hectares of vines in Margaux, 5 in Haut-Medoc and 10 in Bordeaux Superieur.

Chateau d’Issan has a long history dating back to the 12th century when it was a fiefdom with the name of La Mothe-Cantenac. It already had an established reputation long before the 1855 classification, reportedly served at the wedding of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henri Plantagenet, future King of England, on 18th May 1152.

The estate has been handed down from generation to generation through inheritance and marriage until from 1575 onwards, it has been owned by five generations of the Essenault family who contracted their name and renamed the property “Issan”.