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2009 d'Issan, Margaux SKU #1121986

Price: $119.99

JS 94 RP 93 ST 92
VN 91 WS 91
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  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    I confess, d'Issan is my favorite Margaux, and for many reasons. The style is absolutely seductively classic Margaux. Violets, acacia, coffee, mocha. Never heavy, and perfect with dinner! Indeed beautiful.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    What do you say about an historic Bordeaux chateau that has an actual moat? I don’t know if it improves the quality of the wine but with enotourisme on the rise, it seems a sensible precaution. The property has been owned by the Cruse family since 1945, and run by Emmanuel Cruse for the past twenty years. Classified as a Third Growth in 1855, the estate currently has 44 hectares of vineyards designated as AOC Margaux. These are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (62%) and Merlot (38%) and lie just to the north of the village of Cantenac on the banks of the Gironde River. I ranked the 2009 d’Issan among my top wines of the vintage, and it was one of only two wines from Margaux that I bought for my own cellar. In spite of the ripeness of the vintage, it is nevertheless a very balanced effort with moderate alcohol, superfine tannins, and a lively acidity that lends the wine freshness. It is a wine with a great sense of place, a classic Margaux with telltale violets on the nose and remarkable elegance and grace. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. 50% new oak.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Whereas in vintages like 2012 and 2015 I've recommended Chateau d'Issan because of its finesse and its elegance, the 2009 about blew me away recently with its subtle power and surprising muscle for what is normally one of the more feminine Margaux wines. There's still plenty of life left in this wine and it has the stuffing for another ten years in the cellar, but when opened today the lushness of the 2009 fruit is almost too tempting to pass up. Those who like their Bordeaux textured and with a little chewiness on the finish will go crazy for this. It has all the aromatics of what you expect from Margaux with ample fruit and structure, to boot.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    * A very elegant wine, with forward fruit flavors. Well made.
  • Ralph Sands
    By: Ralph Sands
    K&L Staff Member
    Soft, elegant, easy-drinking wine.


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