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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.
Picking fruit with higher degrees of ripeness is one the key reasons for the improvements. Technical advancements have also helped. Starting with the 2010 vintage, the estate began employing the Air Tec Wine system, Viniclean and the Vistalys optical sorting machine.
Borie reduced prices for his 2010 release which was priced at 16% less than the 2009 at 150 Euros. While still expensive, that level of discount helped spark sales for their stunning wine.
Patrick Maroteaux, the chateau owner said, "One big difference between 2010 and previous vintages is their new method of handling the press wine. Press wine is now aged in one year old barrels. The estate is also utilizing more selection in the press wine."
It's rumored the deal was for 200 million Euros, which is close to 300 million US Dollars! The property owned by the investment group Colony Capitol has been for sale since 2007. The winning bid was accepted from a French company.
2010 Chateau Angelus continues their track record for consistency. 2009 Angelus, 2000 Angelus and 1998 Angelus, along with other de Bouard wines tasted as well.
Jean-Michel Laporte thinks 2011 La Conseillante will harvest at the end of August, making it the earliest harvest in the estates history. Prior to 2011, the previous record for early harvesting went all the way back to 1893.