Dense red, rich,, plummy black fruits, wonderful middle palate showing great structure over the lissom, fleshy fruit, lovely texture and very good tannins for the future. Drink 2015-28.
A strong effort from proprietor Emmanuel Cruse, d’Issan’s 2009 was fashioned from minuscule yields of 18 hectoliters per hectare, and its 13.7% natural alcohol set a record at this estate. Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot, it exhibits a classic Margaux fragrance of acacia flowers/violets, blueberries, cassis, licorice and camphor. Opulent and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a rich, dense style, it will be interesting to compare the 2009 with the brilliant 2000 and 2005 over the next two to three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035+. Dec 2011, www.robertparker.com
Robert ParkerScore: 93/100
Tar, spice, sweet tobacco and plums on the nose. Full body, with chewy, ripe tannins and juicy fruit. Firm tannins. Medium finish. Needs a few years to come together. Slightly rustic but I like it. Try in 2018. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
James SucklingScore: 92/100
May 11 hail meant yield was just 35 hl/ ha. We were shown a sarment with scars like machine- gun fire on one side and satin smooth on the other. Dark, intense nose. Very smooth and satin- like with the tannins extremely ripe underneath. Very similar blend to Blason, 40% Merlot, same as in 2005. Fresh and ripe and easy. With a nice kick on the finish. This should last a lot longer but it’s very much in the same style.
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 17/20
Tasted at the chateau and then at a negociant. The d’Issan ’09 is quite austere compared to its neighbours, a little leafy perhaps but well-defined and harmonious, gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is well balanced, quite masculine with sous-bois and tobacco notes inflecting the black fruits, leading to a firm, almost foursquare finish that does not want to party. Moderate length. I think this will fatten out, loosen up through its élevage. Tasted March 2010.
Neal MartinScore: 90-92/100
Blackberry and mineral aromas follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Subtle and attractive, but lacks a little concentration.
Wine SpectatorScore: 88-91/100