Issan 2008


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Tasting Notes

A wonderful success of the vintage, the 2008 d'Issan exhibits a dark plum/garnet/purple color as well as abundant aromas of flowers, Asian spices, jammy plums and black currants. Broad, savory and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin and an evolved, already delicious, complex style, this cuvee will age nicely for 10-15 years.

Score: 92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

This beautifully elegant, precise, well-delineated 2008 displays a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of spring flowers, blue and black fruits, and subtle graphite and earth. Medium to full-bodied with a layered, expansive mouthfeel, impressive purity, and a long finish with no hint of aggressiveness, this effort should be at its peak in 4-6 years, and evolve for 20-25 years.

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, (182), April 2009

The 2008 d’Issan has a fragrant bouquet with pretty blackberry, briary, cedar and crushed rose petal scents that unfolds nicely in the glass. It is not a powerful Margaux, yet it is very well defined, "correct" in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, quite rounded tannin. This is well balanced with plenty of freshness, crisp and taut and offers a tang of spice towards the finish. This 2008 is evolving with style and panache, drinkable now but probably offering another decade of drinking pleasure. 2018 - 2035

Score: 92Neal Martin,, February 2018

Brambly black fruits flesh out the nose and lend weight on the start of the palate. Under the black are brighter red giving freshness. Plum and cassis are there in the middle all very concentrated, the richness helped by rounded tannins.

Score: 90/93Derek Smedley MW, April 2009

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