Chateau d’Issan, Margaux, under the stewardship of Emmanuel Cruse, with assistance from the capable Marie-Helene Dussech has upped the quality at this Bordeaux wine estate starting with the 2000 vintage. The two most recent Chateau d’Issan vintages are both outstanding. While 2010 d’Issan is probably a slightly better, more complete Bordeaux wine, a strong case can be made for the more opulent, voluptuous style of the 2009.
2010 Chateau d’Issan – Licorice, cassis, jammy blackberry and earthy scents open to full bodied, structured Bordeaux wine with round, polished tannins. This Margaux wine ends with a long, fresh, ripe, sweet dark berry filled, fresh finish. 2010 d’Issan was offered at 48 Euros, which was higher than they asked in 2009. 94-95 Pts
2009 Chateau d’Issan Filled with cassis, tobacco, truffle, smoke and a kiss of oak in the perfume, this Margaux wine is full bodied with round textures, silky, polished tannins and ample freshness. The wine finishes with chocolate covered cassis and black cherries. 94 Pts
1996 Chateau d’Issan – Light ruby with bricking in the color, cassis, truffle, tobacco, forest floor and sweet licorice aromas are found in the nose. Full bodied with soft textures, there is some tannin remaining that needs to be resolved. The mid palate shows a minor hint of green. A few more years will add complexity. 90 Pts