Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château d’Issan, MARGAUX 3ème Grand Cru Classé
$103.50 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.
This is a sinewy, powerful and forward-moving wine with a sense of momentum. Moreish, with the elegance and plump damson fruits that Issan delivers so well, but more muscular than some years with the impact of both Petit Verdot and Malbec that are in the blend for the first time in this vintage. These add layers of spice and the overall architecture is clear. Peony and violet notes add a kick upwards on the finish, this has a delicacy even though it is intense. Less Cabernet in the blend in 2020 than in 2019, as is often the case in the Médoc due to low yields. This new blend in Issan will be seen going forward after the addition of plots from the purchase of Château Pontac-Lynch. 96/100 Jane Anson, Decanter.
Drinking window: 2028-2045.