The 2019 vintage is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, with an abv of 13.37%. The wine will be aged in 50% new French oak. The first wine will represent 45% of the total harvest in 2019. The Merlot was harvested between 25th September and 2nd October, with the Cabernet Sauvignon following from 2nd to 11th October. Deep purple in colour with smoky blue fruit on an opulent nose. The palate is oily and rich, with hints of grilled meat underneath damson and dark cherry fruit. Toasty oak will need time to integrate into the fruit, but hints of violet and fresh acidity that build on the finish lift this hedonistic and fleshy wine.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 D'Issan soars out of the glass with expressive scents of baked red currants, warm cassis and black cherry compote with hints of powdered cinnamon, potpourri, Provence herbs and aniseed plus a waft of fallen leaves. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly played with bags of fresh, vibrant black and red berry flavors and a firm line of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with an invigorating lift.
|Score: 94/96+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020|
This is a very pure expression of cabernet sauvignon with blackcurrants, blackberries and tar. Wet earth, too. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and reserved. Extremely racy, intense finish. This is super precise. Classical.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
A gorgeous, inviting Margaux, the 2019 d'Issan is ample and resonant in feel, with striking depth and tons of character. Inly blue/purplish fruit, mint, lavender and spice are beautifully woven together. Deceptive at first, the 2019 fleshes out nicely as it gains intensity through to the persistent, taut finish. There is so much to like about this very fine d'Issan. Tasted two times.
|Score: 92/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
A concentrated but graceful feel to this Issan, showcasing why it is one of the powerhouses of Margaux without necessarily flexing its muscles the most obviously. Takes a few moments to unroll on the palate but as it does it expands both forward and outwards, beautifully filling the mid palate with creamy brambly fruits and firm but flexible tannins. This inches open, suggesting it has an extremely long life ahead of it, and is close to the 2016 in expression, although not quite with the depth of expression of that exemplary vintage. 50% new oak, 3.7pH. 45% of overall production went into the 1st wine. Harvest from 25th September to 11th October. Drinking Window 2029 - 2045
|Score: 96||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|