2014 d'Issan Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 95 JS 94 JA 94 DC 93 JD 92 JL 92 TWI 92 WA 91
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

(WE93-95 points) This is a serious wine, with dense tannins and concentrated structure. It has strong wood and smoky bacon notes that need to harmonize with the dark plum flavor and ample acidity.
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, February 2017

Complex aromas of sweet tobacco, chocolate, cedar and plums. Undertones of blackcurrants and dark chocolate. Dense and tight with a beautifully and tightly knit palate, yet this shows so much intensity and length. Love...
JA 94

janeanson.com, August 2021

You are immediately captured by the aromatics of this wine, such gorgeous complexity on display, layers of fern, heather, sage, white pepper, gun smoke. Taut tannins still at 6 years old, with nuanced, balanced, juicy and...
DC 93

Decanter, January 2023

Freshness is the key here, with black cherry and berry fruit, as well as violets on the nose. Filigree tannin and crisp acidity keep the palate lively and refreshing. Still quite a lot of oak on the finish, this would...
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, November 2017

The 2014 Château d’Issan is a step back from the 2015 yet is still a beautiful and elegant wine from this estate. Its ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a gorgeous set of aromatics including currants, cedar, lead...
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, June 2017

Smoke, tobacco, cigar box, cassis and floral aromatics can be picked up with ease. Forward and approachable, the medium/full bodied, dark, red fruit filled wine can be enjoyed in its youth, while you wait for the 2015 and...
TWI 92

The Wine Independent, March 2024

Medium to deep garnet-brick in color, the 2014 d'Issan struts out with ready-to-go notes of redcurrant jelly, bay leaves, and graphite plus wafts of tobacco leaf and charcoal with a hint of forest floor. The medium-bodied...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017

91+ The 2014 D'Issan has a crisp, pure bouquet, quite tight and reticent like the 2014 Marquis d'Alesme Becker, eventually offering blackberry, soy and cedar scents, almost Saint Julien in style. The palate is...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Margaux
Vintage 2014
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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”.

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.

The 2014 d'Issan Bordeaux Blend is a red wine from the Margaux sub-region of Bordeaux, France. Produced by d'Issan, this wine is a classic representation of its terroir, noted for its elegance and complexity.

With an alcohol content of 13%, this wine features a deep ruby color and is sealed with a cork closure. The vintage has garnered a range of reviews, with several high scores that speak to its quality and potential for aging.

Wine Enthusiast awarded it an impressive 95 points, describing it as "a serious wine, with dense tannins and concentrated structure. It has strong wood and smoky bacon notes that need to harmonize with the dark plum flavor and ample acidity" (Wine Enthusiast, 3/31/2015).

James Suckling also praised the wine, giving it a score of 94. He highlighted its "complex aromas of sweet tobacco, chocolate, cedar and plums," and noted that it is "dense and tight with a beautifully and tightly knit palate" (James Suckling, 2/13/2017). Suckling recommends allowing the wine three to four years to soften, though he finds it "fantastic already to taste."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate scored the wine 91+, noting its "crisp, pure bouquet, quite tight and reticent," with scents of "blackberry, soy and cedar." The reviewer also appreciated its "classic style" and "structured and quite masculine" finish (Neal Martin, 4/1/2017).

Jeb Dunnuck provided a score of 92, describing it as "a beautiful and elegant wine" with "currants, cedar, lead pencil, and flowers" on the nose. He found it "pure class all the way," and suggests it will be at its best from 2020-2040 (Jeb Dunnuck, 11/30/2017).

Decanter praised the wine's freshness and awarded it 93 points. The reviewer noted "black cherry and berry fruit, as well as violets on the nose," and recommended further aging to integrate the oak finish (Decanter, 1/16/2023).

Jeff Leve gave it 92 points, appreciating its "smoke, tobacco, cigar box, cassis and floral aromatics." He found it approachable and enjoyable in its youth (Jeff Leve, 6/25/2017).

Jane Anson awarded it 94 points, captivated by its "gorgeous complexity" and "nuanced, balanced, juicy and powerful cassis and bilberry fruits" (Jane Anson, 8/31/2021).

The Wine Independent scored it 92 points, praising its "ready-to-go notes of redcurrant jelly, bay leaves, and graphite" and a "tightly wound" palate with "bright evolving red berry flavors" (The Wine Independent, 3/5/2024).

Overall, the 2014 d'Issan Bordeaux Blend is a well-regarded wine, celebrated for its complexity and potential for aging.