2011 d'Issan Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • NM 92
  • WE 92
  • JG 91
  • JS 90
  • WS 90

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NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
Cropped between 12th and 26th September the d'Issan '11 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot that was cropped at 36hl/ha. The nose is closed and minerally tightly wound with scents of limestone and granite... Cropped between 12th and 26th September the d'Issan '11 is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot that was cropped at 36hl/ha. The nose is closed and minerally tightly wound with scents of limestone and granite. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin crisp blackberry blueberry and a touch of vanilla. It has a gentled but insistent grip a slight saline note towards the composed finish that is focused and poised. This has good potential and continues d'Issan's good run of form.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
(90-92)A dense wine that's full of black plums and firm tannins. It has weight at the front and juicy freshness on the finish.
JG 91
View From The Cellar, March 2012
At Château d’Issan this year, Emmanuel Cruse did not panic and start picking too early, as the merlot harvest started on the 12th of September and was completed on the 16th, while the cabernet sauvignon was collected... At Château d’Issan this year, Emmanuel Cruse did not panic and start picking too early, as the merlot harvest started on the 12th of September and was completed on the 16th, while the cabernet sauvignon was collected between September 20th and 26th. The 2011 Château d’Issan is a lovely wine, offering up a deep, reserved and classy nose of cassis, dark berries, coffee bean, cigar ash, dark soil tones and a suave base of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and primary, with a fine core of fruit, firm, ripe tannins and very good length and grip on the chewy, but well-balanced finish. This will need a full decade to blossom, but is one of the top wines in the commune again this year- a frequent occurrence in the last several vintages! (Drink between 2022-2055)
JS 90
jamessuckling.com, March 2015
Gorgeous aromas of orange peel, mint, bay leaf and currants. Full to medium body, chewy tannins and a lightly austere finish. Walnut. Needs more time to soften.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, March 2014
A gentle, elegant style, with a lightly dusty frame around the core of crushed plum and blackberry fruit. Shows a twinge of cocoa on the finish, with an echo of warm stone at the very end. Best from 2016 through 2024... A gentle, elegant style, with a lightly dusty frame around the core of crushed plum and blackberry fruit. Shows a twinge of cocoa on the finish, with an echo of warm stone at the very end. Best from 2016 through 2024. 7,500 cases made. –JM
JJB 90
JJ Buckley, April 2012
60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot. Aged in 50% new oak. 53 hectares of 35-year-old vines grown on gravel soils. Beautiful ruby color throughout this elegant Margaux. Inviting aromas of red currant are followed by... 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot. Aged in 50% new oak. 53 hectares of 35-year-old vines grown on gravel soils. Beautiful ruby color throughout this elegant Margaux. Inviting aromas of red currant are followed by semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco. Medium-bodied with some grippy tannins toward the finish. I really like the overall mouthfeel and drinkability of this young D'Issan though it will benefit from at least a few years in the cellar. Enjoy 2015-2025.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2011

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”.