Chateau d'Issan Margaux 2009

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This gorgeous Third Growth estate is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot with old vines averaging 35 years. The chateau itself dates back to the 17th century and is one of the most beautiful estates in Bordeaux. This wine is most prized for its striking perfume and elegant character. In 2009, the wine has intense concentration and layer upon layer of supple, velvety fruit.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Margaux
Brand Chateau d'Issan
Alcohol/vol 13.7%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateA strong effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse, d'Issan's 2009 was fashioned from minuscule yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, and its 13.7% natural alcohol set a record at this estate. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, it exhibits a classic Margaux fragrance of acacia flowers/violets, blueberries, cassis, licorice and camphor. Opulent and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a rich, dense style, it will be interesting to compare the 2009 with the brilliant 2000 and 2005 over the next two to three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035+.

Robert Parker, February 2012
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorA taut but fresh style, with plum skin, mesquite and mineral notes running along. There's a solid core of steeped blackberry fruit in reserve, and the perfumy finish has latent grip. Best from 2013 through 2023.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2012