2010 d'Issan d'Issan
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 96
  • WE 96
  • JL 95
  • JS 94
  • NM 94
  • VN 94
  • NM 93
  • WA 93
  • JG 93
  • WS 92
  • WS 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.
JL 95
TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2013
Sweet blackberry, plum, dark cherries, earth, vanilla, truffle and jammy scents create the inviting perfume. The wine is medium/full bodied, refined, elegant and fresh, ending with an intense spicy, cassis, cocoa and... expand Sweet blackberry, plum, dark cherries, earth, vanilla, truffle and jammy scents create the inviting perfume. The wine is medium/full bodied, refined, elegant and fresh, ending with an intense spicy, cassis, cocoa and fresh black raspberry filled finish. There is a lot of character to this wine. This wine is also going to spark intense discussions on whether 2009 d'Issan or 2010 d'Issan is the better wine. I'm waiting a decade to compare both vintages together to see which side of the fence I'm going to sit on, for that debate. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/search-wine-tasting-notes/?szSearch=2010+d%27Issan+ collapse
JS 94
jamessuckling.com, April 2011
Starts off elegant and balanced with blueberry and floral character. Full and silky. But turns chewy and mouth puckering. Very extracted. But will turn out really outstanding. Best from here in decades.
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... expand 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. collapse
VN 94
Vinous, July 2018
The 2010 d'Issan appears to be shutting down on the nose (unlike the 2008) and begrudgingly opens in the glass to give fleeting glimpses of wondrous graphite-infused black fruit, hints of iodine and brine surfacing with... expand The 2010 d'Issan appears to be shutting down on the nose (unlike the 2008) and begrudgingly opens in the glass to give fleeting glimpses of wondrous graphite-infused black fruit, hints of iodine and brine surfacing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a real killer line of acidity. Like many 2012s it has a rigid backbone but it is incredibly fresh with a sustained finish that suggests that it is one of the most sophisticated Grand Vins this estate has ever produced. Just be warned that it needs another 8 to 10 years in bottle. Tasted at the d’Issan vertical held at the property. -- Neal Martin collapse
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2014
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The d'Issan 2010 has a fine blackcurrant and iodine scented bouquet with well-integrated oak. There is fine lift here - a smooth operator. The palate is medium-bodied... expand Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The d'Issan 2010 has a fine blackcurrant and iodine scented bouquet with well-integrated oak. There is fine lift here - a smooth operator. The palate is medium-bodied with extracted sweet dark plum, mulberry and allspice notes. Quite edgy with cracked black pepper towards the finish, this is a finely made Margaux. collapse
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2020
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 D'Issan opens with baked blackberries, blackcurrant jelly and stewed plums scents with hints of bouquet garni and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bright and refreshing with... expand Deep garnet in color, the 2010 D'Issan opens with baked blackberries, blackcurrant jelly and stewed plums scents with hints of bouquet garni and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bright and refreshing with just enough chewy, textured black fruits and an earthy finish.- LPB collapse
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... expand 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) collapse
WS 92
Wine Spectator, March 2011
A juicy ripe forward style with lots of kirsch and blackberry notes filled in with apple sweet spice and red licorice followed by a juicy finish. Not quite as vivid as the top examples but solid.
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... expand 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 collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2010
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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”.