“The Most Powerful Issan Ever”
From Wine Spectator’s mythic 99-point 2010 Bordeaux vintage, comes one of the most collectible clarets available anywhere — the 95-point 2010 Chateau D’Issan Margaux. Robert Parker called it “gorgeously pure, well-balanced, and soft enough to be approached in 4-5 years or cellared for 25-30.” Not to be outdone, James Suckling added 96 points, calling it “The most powerful Issan ever with incredible depth of fruit and richness.” Just 60 bottles of this magnificent 2010 are available at $115 per bottle, delivered straight from the château with in perfect condition and provenance. For lovers of the finest Margaux, this is a must-have.
Since the spring of 1945, when proprietor Emmanuel Cruse’s grandfather acquired the château, the family has continued a tradition of crafting dense, structured, and eminently cellar-worthy Margaux. The estate, which neighbors Château Palmer and Château Margaux is practically a museum unto itself. Over its long, colorful history, d’Issan’s castle has come to symbolize the towering character of the legendary Third Growth’s Claret. Its elegant towers, ancient moat, and Versailles-worthy landscaping mirror the richness, power, and longevity of the grand vin, and never more than in 2010.
As was widely reported, everyone from Robert Parker to Jancis Robinson to Wine Spectator declared that 2010 was one of Bordeaux’s greatest years since the legendary 1961 vintage. With its lack of heat spells during the summer and plenty of acidity-infusing cool nights leading up to harvest, the 2010 growing season saw flavor-concentrating drought conditions but no setbacks. At Chateau D’Issan, the gravel and clay soils produced what Robert Parker called “ridiculously low” yields. The result was an “exquisite Margaux,” highly recommended and highly ageworthy, deserving of a place in the cellar of all collectors.