Issan 2014


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Tasting Notes

Complex aromas of sweet tobacco, chocolate, cedar and plums. Undertones of blackcurrants and dark chocolate. Dense and tight with a beautifully and tightly knit palate, yet this shows so much intensity and length. Love the wet-earth and berry character on the finish. Give this three to four years to soften even if it’s fantastic already to taste.

Score: 94James Suckling,, February 2017

The 2014 d’Issan has a comparatively simple and straightforward bouquet relative to its peers, a light marine influence evolving with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well judged acidity, harmonious and precise with a sustained finish. But it does not want to put a foot wrong and consequently there is an air of conservatism about this Margaux playing safe. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2045

Score: 91Neal Martin,, March 2018

The 2014 D'Issan has a crisp, pure bouquet, quite tight and reticent like the 2014 Marquis d'Alesme Becker, eventually offering blackberry, soy and cedar scents, almost Saint Julien in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of herbaceousness on the entry, but there is plenty of fruit behind it. I like the classic style of this d'Issan, the pepperiness of the Cabernet driving the structured and quite masculine (for Margaux) finish. This is beginning to show the class that I thought it would and it may merit a higher score in the future. Drink Date 2020-2040

Score: 91+Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Château d'Issan 2014 is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot picked between 25 September and 15 October and matured in 50% new oak. It has a very precise, quite minerally bouquet that has that tradamark violet touch that pins down the appéllation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and good acidity; appreciable depth with chewy black tarry fruit towards the finish. This is a guttsier d'Issan that will probably be one of the longer lasting Margaux crus of the vintage. I've been smitten by recent vintages from this glorious Margaux estate, but I detected just a mote of greenness on a couple of samples that I hope will vanish by the time of bottling. If it does then it will merit a higher score. Tasted three times. Drink: 2020 - 2040.

Score: 89/91Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

A dense and tight wine with cedar, berry, light chocolate and nut character. Full body, compacted center palate with muscular tannins.

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, March 2015

The 2014 d'Issan is plump, juicy and delicious. Torrefaction, smoke, licorice, plum, grilled herbs, leather and tobacco give the 2014 its racy, exuberant personality and considerable near-term appeal. This is an especially bold, rich Margaux, but it works nicely. Tasted two times.

Score: 91Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

Tasted blind. Sweet and rich on the nose. Very lively and toasty but a bit tarty. Lean.
Drink 2021-2032

Score: 16+Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2018

Mid crimson. Correct and well balanced. Spreads right across the palate. Really very impressive balance with lots of useful elements. Good drive and interest quotient. Complex and satisfying. Quite persistent. Really very impressive even if not a very long-term wine. Drink 2018-2030

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2015

This Margaux property is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot and the wine is aged in 50% new oak. The 2014 blend represents the vineyard plantings. A deep ruby colour with an opulent nose of black cherry and creamy vanilla. A lovely floral bouquet, open and intense. Medium weight with an elegant, pure style. Fresh, polished tannins complement the floral, red fruit core which is delicate and vibrant. Fresh and pure, true to the terroir and not forced or over extracted.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, March 2015

The 2014 Château d’Issan is a step back from the 2015 yet is still a beautiful and elegant wine from this estate. Its ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a gorgeous set of aromatics including currants, cedar, lead pencil, and flowers. With an herbal edge, medium to full-bodied richness, terrific concentration, and a focused, chiseled finish, this is pure class all the way. It’s already approachable but should be at its best from 2020-2040. 2020 - 2040

Score: 92Jeb Dunnuck,, November 2017

A charming style, featuring a light singed sandalwood edge to the mix of plum, bitter cherry and savory notes. Shows a flash of gunpowder tea on the finish, with a twinge of iron. Best from 2019 through 2024. 7,917 cases made.

Score: 89James Molesworth,, February 2017

Sweet and ripe on the nose the palate is fresh quite light at the start slightly richer in the middle with more depth at the back. The mix of fruits gives complexity the red fruits giving brightness on the finish. 2025-37

Score: 86/89Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Score: 90Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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