A complete, medium to full-bodied, exquisite Margaux from this medieval, moat-encircled, compellingly beautiful estate in the southern Medoc, D'Issan's 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The deep, gravelly soils mixed with clay have provided extraordinary aromatics. The yields were ridiculously low (22 hectoliters per hectare) and the wine tips the scaled at 13.7% natural alcohol. Production was small after the selection for the grand vin, and the result is a dense, purple-colored wine with beautiful aromatics of spring flowers, blueberries and black raspberries as well as hints of cassis, tar and charcoal. The wine is gorgeously pure, well-balanced, and soft enough to be approached in 4-5 years or cellared for 25-30.
|Score: 95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2013|
Tasted at an impromptu visit to the chateau, the d'Issan 2010 (a blend of 39% Merlot and 61% Cabernet Sauvignon representing 53% of the crop, raised in 55% new oak for 12 months) has an intense bouquet of blackcurrant, a hint of crème de cassis and blueberry. This really captures the essence of Margaux: floral and feminine. The palate is soft and caressing on the entry with light but tensile tannins encasing the mineral-rich black fruit. It is very well balanced, nicely focused with a lingering hint of black pepper on the finish. Harmonious and long, this is a superlative d'Issan from Emmanuel Cruse and his team. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
Gorgeous ripe fruit in this with plum, black cherries and spices on the nose and palate. Full body, with soft tannins and a long, long finish. Very refined and focused. Best from here in decades. Try after 2018.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013|
'Final blend since Jan 2011.' 35% new oak. Very dense and zesty on the nose. Lots of Cabernet influence and massively suave and good, though perhaps a little tiny bit of vegetation and sinew in here. Very polished and gorgeous. Very long. Extremely charming.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
Black fruits give some weight on the nose refreshed by red fruited acidity. The palate has power a good weight of fruit at the start with cassis and bramble backed by some fresher red cherry. The sweetness of the fruit and rounded tannins ensure richness at the back.
|Score: 88/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
Fine fragrant nose, perfect extraction, already beautifully textured, great future, probably the best d'Issan yet. Drink 2016-35.
|Score: 18||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|