The 1999 Château d’Issan is really a very lovely example of the vintage and a fine middleweight for current drinking. The bouquet is blossoming nicely into its secondary layers of complexity, offering up a smoky mélange of blackberries, cassis, cigar ash, gravelly soil tones, a hint of chipotle pepper, tobacco smoke and a discreet base of cedar. On the palate the wine is fullish, complex and intensely flavored, with tangy acids, good focus and grip, still a bit of backend tannin and a surprisingly long, well-balanced finish. Quite a fine success for a 1999, and with plenty of life still ahead of it. (Drink between 2014-2030)
This 1999 is a gorgeously elegant style of wine, with notes of violets, black currants, and sweet oak. This delicate yet authoritatively-flavored wine is, as I said last year, the quintessential example of the finesse and nuance expected of a classified-growth Margaux. It is pure, graceful, with delicacy rather than weight, and lovely balance. It can be drunk now and over the next 12-14 years. (RP)
Plenty of black licorice character, with hints of mineral. Medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a berry, wet earth aftertaste. (JS)
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