The 2015 Chateau d'Issan is an exceptional Margaux on many levels. First, it is the property's 70th vintage under the Cruse family, since they purchased it in 1945. Then, the analyses that were obtained during maturity controls, especially on Cabernet Sauvignon, were exceptional and have never been achieved like this. 2015 Issan is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon (the property owns many Cabernet plots) and 35% Merlot. The varietals were patiently harvested between September 21st and October 6th, in perfect conditions. In those conditions, the 2015 Issan perfectly expresses the sophistication of its terroir. On the nose, it offers strong, fresh liquorice notes and a wonderful expression of fleshy dark berries, with a hint of chocolate mint that releases a new wave of freshness. When swirling, more balsamic fragrances emerge (cedar and exotic wood fragrances). The palate expresses itself dynamically, the mid-palate is dense, spicy with tannins of smooth and refined texture. It is a fine Issan that shows great classicism, with a delicious straight backbone. This wine has a great ageing potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Château d'Issan is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot cropped at 40 hl/ha, representing 55% of the production. Emmanuel Cruse told me how they suffered less rain on the weekend of 12 and 13 September, 32 millimeters being less than in the northern Médoc. Cropped between 21 September and 6 October, it has a very pure and sensual bouquet that takes time to open up, eventually offering black cherries and blueberry, a marine influence tucked in just behind (a common thread throughout various vintages of d'Issan). The palate is underpinned by extraordinarily fine tannin that gently caress the mouth. The 55% new oak is beautifully embroidered throughout this wine from start to finish, which displays energy, real frisson in the mouth. This may well turn out to be one of the greatest Château d'Issan made in the modern era. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot|
|Producer/Bottled by||SFV DE CANTENAC 33460 CANTENAC FRANCE|
|Classification||3e cru classe|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- J. Robinson : 17,5
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 88-91
- Country : France
- Decanter : 93
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot