Bordeaux can be a bit tricky to navigate when looking for good wines as you often need to know not only your grape varieties but also the producers. There can be large variations in quality depending on where the grapes are grown, and individual producers.
Left Bank versus Right Bank
As a general rule, the wines of the right bank (including Saint-Èmilion, Pomerol, and Libournais) are dominated by softer and more red-fruited Merlot with additional support from small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon which give more freshness, tannins structure, and black fruit.
The wines of the left bank – Haut Medoc, Medoc, Pessac-Leognan and Graves tend to have more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend rather than Merlot. In addition, small splatterings of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere add complexity and interest.
Chateau d´Issan is a Third Growth Grand Cru Classé estate in Margaux and produces approximately 100,000 bottles per year. The Chateau has a very long history dating back to 1152 when its wine was served at the wedding of King Henry II to Eleanor of Aquitaine.
What is a Grand Cru Classé estate?
Grand Cru Classé when referring to estates from the Medoc, refers to the famous classification of 1855 in which the Chateaux of Bordeaux were ranked according to their price and perceived quality at the time. The ranking today still stands as a benchmark for Bordeaux top quality wine however not all estates are seen as being equally important.
Chateau d´Issan in Margaux
The Grand Vin of Chateau d´Issan Grand Cru Classé 1855
What is a second wine?
A second wine and hence the name Blasson d´Issan rather than Chateau d´Issan refers to the quality of the grapes that goes into the wine. Only the best of the best grapes from the Chateau estate go into the Grand Vin under the label of Chateau d´Issan. A second wine often comes from younger vines and can offer very good value for money. These wines are often more approachable and ready to drink earlier than the Grand Vin.
What to expect from Margaux?
Margaux is often one of the most elegantly perfumed of the wines of the Medoc, showing more elegant silky tannins and more exuberance, and subtleties compared to Pauillac, St Julien or St Estephe.
Blasson d´Issan 2017, Margaux.
Blasson d´Issan 2017, Margaux, Bordeaux
Blasson d´Issan 2017, Margaux, BordeauxPris: 364,00 kr.
Classic elegance of Margaux, drinking beautifully now
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This is the second wine of Chateau d´Issan which was first introduced in 1995, and uses the fruit from younger vines that don´t make the top quality grade to go into the Grand Vin from Chateau d´Issan. The grapes meanwhile are grown on the same terroir in Margaux.
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot
Aged 14 – 16 months in 30% new french oak (rest used)
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%
Read to drink now, but will age well over the next 7 - 9 years.
medium ruby with a narrow garnet rim. Elegant and classically perfumed on the nose with red plums, red cherries, ripe capsicum, vanilla, cedar, hints of tobacco and baking spice. Lovely fresh acidic backbone with polished silky tannins, complex elegant red fruit, and a lingering finish.
Great wine for dinner parties!
Jane Nisbet Huseby