Whether for long-term cellaring or short-term pleasure, the 95-point 2010 Château d’Issan Margaux is a must-have for lovers of Margaux. Robert Parker called it “gorgeously pure, well-balanced, and soft enough to be approached in 4-5 years or cellared for 25-30.” James Suckling added 96 points, calling it “the most powerful Issan ever with incredible depth of fruit and richness.” 2010 was a magnificent and mythical Bordeaux vintage that Wine Spectator declared a 99-pointer, and the 2010 Château d’Issan delivers a level of quality and longevity normally only found among the First Growths. With some top-level 2010 Bordeaux now hovering $1000+ per bottle, the 2010 Chateau d’Issan Margaux is one of the most collectible—and collector-friendly—clarets available anywhere.
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 age-worthy, deserving of a place in the cellar of all collectors.