2018 d`Issan (Margaux)

60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
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Wine Score
96 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
17 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, March 2019
94-96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
94-96 points, Chris Kissack,

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

This is a vibrant ruby colour, with floral aromatics that are even more evident on the nose here than with the second wine, Blason. This is not always the case during En Primeur tastings, when it`s the second wines that tend to be a little more open, but it`s a feature of the 2018 vintage. This is a brilliant Issan with richness and poise joined by a delicate acidity that pulls the fruit along. The tannins are deceptive, as they are supple and appealing, but the density and power builds over the palate and clearly indicates long ageing. A wine that feels like it`s rooted in its appellation. 50% new oak. 40hl/ha yield, with 53% of production going into this wine, higher than in both 2017 and 2016. Eric Boissenot consults. Drink 2027 - 2042. 96 points

Julia Harding

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. 50% new barrels. Deep core and cherry rim, not quite as black-hearted as most Bordeaux 2018s. Intense ripe cassis that is pure Cabernet. Nicely savoury too. Chewy and quite oaky on the palate, the tannins thickened by the oak but very smooth. Dense and still fresh. Very good. 17 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2018 D`Issan is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, aging in 50% new and 50% second year barrels for an estimated 18 months. With 13.97% alcohol and a deep garnet-purple color, it features baked berries, warm cherries and cassis with spice box and fragrant earth plus tea hints. Medium to full-bodied, it has a great core of muscular fruit with firm, fine-grained tannins, with nice freshness, finishing layered with mineral notions. 94-96 points

Antonio Galloni

An explosive, dense wine, the 2018 d`Issan possesses off the charts richness and fabulous intensity. A rush of blue/black fruit, chocolate, smoke, spice, leather and tobacco builds in a potent Margaux endowed with tremendous concentration and pure, unbridled power. The 2018 is an unusually brooding, somber d`Issan that is likely to require a number of years to be at its best. Today, it is compelling, even in the early going. 92-95 points

Chris Kissack

The grand vin is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between October 3rd and 11th, and 40% Merlot, picked between September 24th and October 2nd, with 13.97% alcohol and a pH which comes in at 3.78. It takes 53% of the crop. The nose is filled with very purely expressed black cherry, blackcurrant and currant fruits, with a chalk-dust and rose-petal perfume; this is a wine that exemplifies the classic Margaux elegance for sure. The palate shows a corresponding purity, with a bright and lifted character, the main appeal here being the midpalate`s bright, sinewy, taut and energetic character, which supports a beautiful bed of chalky perfumed fruit, like that on the nose. There is plenty of tannic grip here, but it is totally integrated within the wine, balanced, ripe and tightly knit. It shows only a little flourish of confidence at the end, where it finishes long and substantial. Top work here. The élevage will be in 55% new barrels. 94-96 points

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