Château d'Issan is one of the oldest Cru Classé estates, with wine making recorded here in 1152. The château itself is also one of the most beautiful, built in the 17th century by the Essenault family (whose name became contracted to Issan in local dialect). Now owned jointly by Emmanuel Cruse and Jacky Lorenzetti (of Pedesclaux fame), they have produced a 2020 vintage which scores a potential 98 points from Suckling.
The style in this vintage is essentially Margaux on stilts; offering the traditional refinement and fine texture, but with the volume turned up on the aromatic complexity and intensity. Neal Martin calls it "a sophisticated Margaux in the making, full of breeding and class" (93-95 points) whilst Jane Anson finds it has "a delicacy even though it is intense" (96 points).
Released at £506 per dozen in bond, this equates to just under £54 per bottle 'on your table', which seems a very reasonable price for such a high-scoring classic, from such a historic estate.
Bordeaux En Primeur, landing in spring 2023.
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See Emmanuel Cruse introduce the 2020 vintage of d'Issan:
|RED||2020||1 case||Château d'Issan||75cl||£506 per case of 12||Château d'Issan
2020 / 1 case / 75cl
£506 per case of 12