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Issan 2009

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Margaux
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

A strong effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse, d'Issan's 2009 was fashioned from minuscule yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, and its 13.7% natural alcohol set a record at this estate. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, it exhibits a classic Margaux fragrance of acacia flowers/violets, blueberries, cassis, licorice and camphor. Opulent and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a rich, dense style, it will be interesting to compare the 2009 with the brilliant 2000 and 2005 over the next two to three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035+.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

The 2009 d’Issan is endowed with an intense and classically styled bouquet, quite tight at the beginning but opening with black plum and bilberry scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, almost Pauillac in style with graphite infused black fruit and a long, black pepper and cedar infused finish. This represents the best showing of the 2009 d'Issan. Excellent. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2022 - 2045

Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019

Blackberry and mineral aromas follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Subtle and attractive, but lacks a little concentration.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010

Tasted blind. Mid crimson with a mature rim. Rich nose that is just the right side of porty. Lots to like and very definitely a 2009! Rich and satisfying.
Drink 2020-2035

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2019

There is power on the nose with an attractive mix of fruits, very much black fruit in character. The sweetness on the mid palate is balanced by some red fruited freshness but towards the back the tannins tend to dominate, quite hard giving the finish a rustic quality. Drink 2018-2040.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Dense red, rich, plummy black fruits, wonderful middle palate showing great structure over the lissom, fleshy fruit, lovely texture and very good tannins for the future. Drink 2015-28.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010
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Following the lustrous 2000 and 2005, the 2009 is another terrific effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse. Tiny yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, 13.7% natural alcohol, and a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot have resulted in a wine boasting stunning minerality along with notes of flowers, blueberries, and black currants. Full-bodied with silky tannin, a tremendous opulence, and levels of density and richness never before seen at this estate, this brilliant d'Issan should age for three decades or more. (Tasted two times.) Drink 2010-2040.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

The 2009 d'Issan was affected by hail and reduced yields to 35hl/ha. It has a plush and extravagant bouquet with blueberries, damson and dark cherries, not quite delivering the delineation of the 2008 but undeniably seductive and pure. The palate is well balanced with fine-grain tannins: tarry black fruit intermingling with graphite and sea salt. It fans out gloriously towards the finish although it does not quite have the killer precision of the previous vintage that is currently more expressive. Tasted at the d’Issan vertical held at the property. 2019 - 2039

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2018

Tasted at the chateau and then at a negociant. The d'Issan '09 is quite austere compared to its neighbours, a little leafy perhaps but well-defined and harmonious, gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is well balanced, quite masculine with sous-bois and tobacco notes inflecting the black fruits, leading to a firm, almost foursquare finish that does not want to party. Moderate length. I think this will fatten out, loosen up through its élevage. Tasted March 2010.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

May 11 hail meant yield was just 35 hl/ha. We were shown a sarment with scars like machine-gun fire on one side and satin smooth on the other. Dark, intense nose. Very smooth and satin-like with the tannins extremely ripe underneath. Very similar blend to Blason, 40% Merlot, same as in 2005. Fresh and ripe and easy. With a nice kick on the finish. This should last a lot longer but it's very much in the same style. Date tasted 31st March 2010. Drink 2015-2027.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010
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