Château d'Issan 2013
• 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.
"From a moated chateau in the southern Medoc, this classic Margaux has been making terrific wines since the late nineties. However, the 2013 is not one of them. Nevertheless, it is certainly very good. Soft, medium-bodied with no herbaceousness or astringent tannin, it is a superficial, but charming wine made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. It offers a slight floral note intermixed with notions of raspberries, black currants, licorice and background oak. This easygoing Margaux is best drunk during its first decade of life." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (8/27/2014, Interim Issue), Rating: 85-87, Drink: 2014-2024
"An outstanding core of ripe fruit for the Margaux appellation. Medium body with blueberry and strawberry character. Fine tannins. Fresh finish. Extremely well done. " - James Suckling, (4/2014),Rating: 92