Robert Parker 94
The 2019 D’Issan is showing well from bottle, offering up aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with violets, orange rind and raw cocoa. Medium to full-bodied, lively and nicely concentrated, with lively acids, powdery tannins and a seamless, elegant profile, it’s a charming, perfumed wine that will offer a broad drinking window. The blend is dominated by an atypically high proportion (70%) of Cabernet Sauvignon. The heart of Issan is its walled “Clos” to the rear of the picturesque moated chÃ¢teau, which is complemented by more recently acquired holdings situated on the same gravel terrace.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2055
A gorgeous, inviting Margaux, the 2019 d’Issan is ample and resonant in feel, with striking depth and tons of character. Inly blue/purplish fruit, mint, lavender and spice are beautifully woven together. Deceptive at first, the 2019 fleshes out nicely as it gains intensity through to the persistent, taut finish. There is so much to like about this very fine d’Issan. Tasted two times.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot. 45% of the production. Barrel sample. A touch restrained but pure, bright, juicy and intense. Palate silky and substantial with the backing of plentiful tannins. Perception of old-vine intensity. Builds to an impressively long finish. Similar to 2016 but more aromatic freshness. (JL)
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2045