2015 Chateau d'Issan Margaux

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Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Chateau d’Issan shows a medium crimson color with purple tints and is fresh, fruity and floral on the nose. It offers black currant and black plums aromas with pleasant hints of licorice. The tannins are round and soft. This wine is very structured and elegant and delivers a long as well as fresh finish. This wine is a blend of 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot.


James Suckling - "Very complex aromas of currants, blackberries and iodine with hints of dried mushrooms and flowers. Full-bodied, very fine and silky with a very, very long finish. Shows tension and finesse. Structured yet shows an ultra-fine texture. Deep, dense center palate, yet it's all so polished. A wine for the future. Drink in 2022."

Wine Enthusiast - "This is a serious, structured wine. It has plenty of black plum flavor, although the firm tannins will play an important part in its development. The ample acidity and fresh finish are other harbingers for the wine's good future. Barrel Sample: 93-95 Points"

Jeb Dunnuck - "A powerhouse offering from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse (with consulting advice from Eric Boissenot) is the 2015 Château d'Issan which in 2015 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot brought up in just over 50% new barrels. Offering a spectacular bouquet of blackcurrants, lead pencil, chocolate and espresso, this full-bodied, incredibly sexy Margaux boast sweet, sweet tannin, lots of oak, a stacked mid-palate and a huge finish. It’s a tour de force that’s going to benefit from 5-6 years of cellaring and keep for three decades. As I’ve stated numerous times in this report, Margaux was the place to be in 2015 and I suspect numerous estates have made their best wines to date."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot aged in 50% new and 50% one-year-old barrels for 18 months, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 D'Issan simply sings with a beautiful perfume of wilted flowers, rose hip tea and mincemeat with a core of cherry preserves and blackberry tart plus a hint of underbrush. Medium-bodied, fine, fresh and elegant, it's very soft and silky in the mouth with a long finish."

Decanter - "A 65% Cabernet, 35% Merlot blend from old vines, this epitomises the charm of Margaux with lightly explosive fruit and integrated tannins to give perfect balance. "

Wine Spectator - "Focused, with a twinge of singed alder and cedar up front giving this a slightly old-school feel, followed by a good core of steeped plum and black currant fruit. Picks up a bit of the vintage's velvety edge on the finish, though the cedar note lingers as well. Barrel Sample: 88-91 Points"

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Country France
Region Bordeaux
Vintage 2015
Winery Chateau d'Issan
Grape Varietals Bordeaux Blend
Size 750 milliliter
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