Château d'Issan 2010
• Domaine: Château d'Issan
• A.O.C.: Margaux
• Classification: Third Growth, 3ème Grand Cru Classé in 1855
Prominently inscribed on the label of Château d'Issan is the phrase "Regum Mensis Aris Que Deorum" ("For the tables of kings and the altars of gods"). The legend has it that the wine was served at the wedding breakfast of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. It is worth noting that this is one of the few real castles in Médoc, even with its own moat.
"A complete, medium to full-bodied, exquisite Margaux from this medieval, moat-encircled, compellingly beautiful estate in the southern Medoc, D’Issan’s 2010 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The deep, gravelly soils mixed with clay have provided extraordinary aromatics. The yields were ridiculously low (22 hectoliters per hectare) and the wine tips the scaled at 13.7% natural alcohol. Production was small after the selection for the grand vin, and the result is a dense, purple-colored wine with beautiful aromatics of spring flowers, blueberries and black raspberries as well as hints of cassis, tar and charcoal. The wine is gorgeously pure, well-balanced, and soft enough to be approached in 4-5 years or cellared for 25-30." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (2/27/2013, Issue 205), Rating: 95, Drink: 2016-2051