2010 d'Issan Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 96
  • WE 96
  • WA 95
  • NM 94
  • JG 93
  • WS 91
  • ST 91

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JS 96
jamessuckling.com, March 2015
The most powerful Issan ever with incredible depth of fruit and richness. Muscular tannins. Loads of dark berry, tea leaf and autumnal character at the end of the palate. A traditional, broad-shouldered wine. Better in 2018.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, June 2011
(94-96) A very structured wine, retaining great acidity and freshness. The tannins cut right to the heart of the wine. The aftertaste is solid and chunky.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
A complete, medium to full-bodied, exquisite Margaux from this medieval, moat-encircled, compellingly beautiful estate in the southern Medoc, D’Issan’s 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The deep... A complete, medium to full-bodied, exquisite Margaux from this medieval, moat-encircled, compellingly beautiful estate in the southern Medoc, D’Issan’s 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The deep, gravelly soils mixed with clay have provided extraordinary aromatics. The yields were ridiculously low (22 hectoliters per hectare) and the wine tips the scaled at 13.7% natural alcohol. Production was small after the selection for the grand vin, and the result is a dense, purple-colored wine with beautiful aromatics of spring flowers, blueberries and black raspberries as well as hints of cassis, tar and charcoal. The wine is gorgeously pure, well-balanced, and soft enough to be approached in 4-5 years or cellared for 25-30. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
A blend of 39% Merlot and 61% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped between 27th September and 14th October at 42hl/ha representing 53% of the crop clocking 13.7% and a pH 3.81. It has a tightly-coiled mineral-rich bouquet with... A blend of 39% Merlot and 61% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped between 27th September and 14th October at 42hl/ha representing 53% of the crop clocking 13.7% and a pH 3.81. It has a tightly-coiled mineral-rich bouquet with blackberry wild hedgerow a touch of blueberry and crushed violet. Good definition and very controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins on the entry a little earthy with some sous-bois and cigar box emanating from the ripe Cabernet good weight but not overbearing towards the finish. Very natural. This is not a show-stopping wine but a d'Issan that you will gladly have on your table and deserves several years cellaring.
JG 93
View From The Cellar, March 2011
The 2010 d’Issan is an excellent example of the vintage and one of the top wines in Margaux this year. The bouquet is deep, pure and classic, as it offers up scents of sweet cassis, tobacco leaf, a touch of tariness... The 2010 d’Issan is an excellent example of the vintage and one of the top wines in Margaux this year. The bouquet is deep, pure and classic, as it offers up scents of sweet cassis, tobacco leaf, a touch of tariness, espresso, gravelly soil tones and toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and quite structured, with a fair bit of firm, but well-integrated tannins, tangy acids and really lovely length and grip on the classy finish. This will be excellent, but will need some extended cellaring to soften up some of its substantial tannins. (Drink between 2022-2075)
WS 91
Wine Spectator, March 2013
This red offers a grippy, charcoal-laced feel, cloaked by very fleshy plum, currant and blackberry confiture flavors. The long, tarry spine drives the finish, with extra bay leaf, maduro tobacco and warm stone notes. A... This red offers a grippy, charcoal-laced feel, cloaked by very fleshy plum, currant and blackberry confiture flavors. The long, tarry spine drives the finish, with extra bay leaf, maduro tobacco and warm stone notes. A touch taut, but should be ready to open soon enough. Best from 2014 through 2024. – JM
ST 91
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, July 2013
91+ Bright medium ruby. Wild, musky aromas of black raspberry, cassis, cedar, smoke, leather, game and bitter chocolate. Dense, chewy and dry, with good peppery lift to the cherry skin and bitter chocolate flavors... 91+ Bright medium ruby. Wild, musky aromas of black raspberry, cassis, cedar, smoke, leather, game and bitter chocolate. Dense, chewy and dry, with good peppery lift to the cherry skin and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with surprisingly fine-grained tannins and a juicy quality. This dry, classic claret needs time in bottle to gain flesh and sweetness. My sample grew freshness with time in the glass.
JJB 96
JJ Buckley, April 2011
61% cabernet sauvignon 39% merlot. Average age of vines is 35 years planted in deep gravel. Merlot was harvested between Sep 27 and Oct 5. The cabernet was brought in between Oct 5 and 14. The net yields were an amazingly... 61% cabernet sauvignon 39% merlot. Average age of vines is 35 years planted in deep gravel. Merlot was harvested between Sep 27 and Oct 5. The cabernet was brought in between Oct 5 and 14. The net yields were an amazingly low 22 hl/ha! Aged in 55% new oak barrels and 45% one-wine old barrels for about 18 months. Alcohol is 13.7%. The beautiful nose displays red currant cherry and loganberry. Complex flavors on the palate feature more darker notes of coffee bittersweet chocolate and Asian spice. Lots of texture and structure here this lush effort retains its freshness throughout. The d'Issan is top notch in 2010. Enjoy this beauty over the next 3+ decades. Jacques Boissenot consults.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2010

Label

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”.