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2022 Château d'Issan En Primeur

2022 Château d'Issan is released for sale en primeur this morning at £306 per six bottles in bond.

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).  The estate is now owned jointly by Emmanuel Cruse and Jacky Lorenzetti (also owner of Pedesclaux, Lilian Ladouys, and most recently, Lafon Rochet).


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Château d'Issan, Margaux

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Château d'Issan, Margaux

Château d'Issan is a Troisième Grand Cru Classé in the commune of Margaux.  Records show that wine was being made here in the 12th century (known then as La Mothe-Cantenac).  The name comes from the 17th century, when it was owned by the d’Essenault family, corrupted to Issan.  The beautiful The château itself, one of the most beautiful in Bordeaux, dates to this period.  D'Issan was purchased in 1945 by the Cruse family, Bordeaux negociants and vineyard owners.  Emmanuel Cruse has been responsible for modernizing the estate.  In 2012, a 50% share in the estate was sold to Jacky Lorenzetti, owner of Pedesclaux and Lilian Ladouys.  Cruse also works with Lorenzetti at his other properties.

The 52 hectare vineyard is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec.


RED 2022 Château d'Issan 75cl £306 per case of 6 Château d'Issan
2022 / / 75cl
£306 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2022 D'Issan is a lovely wine that will delight Médoc purists, wafting from the glass with aromas of sweet berries, burning embers, violets and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, with velvety tannins and a deep core of vibrant fruit, it's a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The estate is now equipped with a battery of 20-hectoliter tanks, permitting sub-plot by sub-plot harvesting this year. 93-95 points" William Kelley,"The 2022 Château d'Issan was picked between 15 and 28 September and represents the first vintage vinified in the new vat room equipped with smaller 20-hectolitre vats. It has a fragrant bouquet with blackberry and blueberry fruit, crushed violet and a hint of dark chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins. This is one of the more saline wines on the Left Bank, cohesive with a touch of Japanese nori on the moderate-length finish. This will need a decade in bottle. 2032-2052. 93-95 points" Neal Martin,"Fragrant dried cumin and turmeric spices on the opening, along with floral waves of rose petals, this maintains the finesse of Issan, delivering estate signature alongside fleshy blackberry and baked damson fruits, with waves of liquorice, graphite and crushed rocks. The oldest vines are kept for the 1st wine, and almost 80% of the new plots of Pontac Lynch are included here in Issan, giving a darker spiced character than you find in other hot vintages at this estate such as 2009. They almost pulled up the Malbec when they bought Pontac Lynch but it has once again proved its worth. 30hl/h yield (compared to 38hl/h last year). 3.67ph. 72IPT. Eric Boissenot consultant. 50% new oak. 95 points""This is one hell of an Issan with blackberry, blackcurrant, and hazelnut aromas and flavors. Cherries. Cedar. Full and intense with tannins that are long and bright. Goes tight at the end, indicating greatness. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot. 96-97 points""The 2022 Château D'Issan ratchets up the quality, offering more purity, precision, and length. Revealing notes of darker currants and blue fruits, graphite, and chalky minerality, this medium to full-bodied red has beautiful freshness, and is focused, straight, and elegant. Just a beautiful barrel sample, it’s very impressive. 95-97+ points"

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