Issan 2000


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Tasting Notes

Fully mature, the 2000 D'Issan is a quintessentially elegant, yet concentrated, aristocratic Margaux that defines the appellation. The wine has a dark ruby/purple color just beginning to lighten at the edge. Notes of charcoal, acacia flowers, black raspberries, and blue fruits are followed by a medium to full-bodied wine that builds incrementally on the palate. With its outstanding purity, richness, elegance and length, this is a beauty that has reached its window of maturity, where it should stay for another 15 or more years.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

Score: 93Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

A suave, aristocratic, classic built on delicacy and finesse as opposed to power and blockbuster fruit, the 2000 requires introspection, but what one finds is extremely rewarding. This graceful, symmetrical, refined effort displays a dark ruby/purple color in addition to a sweet perfume of white flowers intermixed with black currants, licorice, and subtle new oak. Medium-bodied, with sweet but noticeable tannin, and a dense finish that builds gradually and persistently, it appears to be the finest d'Issan produced in over four decades. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (135), June 2001

Score: 89James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 31, 03), March 2003

Score: 89/91James Suckling,, January 2003

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, April 2001

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