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93 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot aged in 50% new and 50% one-year-old barrels for 18 months, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 D'Issan simply sings with a beautiful perfume of wilted flowers, rose hip tea and mincemeat with a core of cherry preserves and blackberry tart plus a hint of underbrush. Medium-bodied, fine, fresh and elegant, it's very soft and silky in the mouth with a long finish." 2/18
94 Points, Neal Martin: "The 2015 D'Issan is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot and was bottled in May 2017 (a little earlier than some of its Margaux neighbors such as Palmer or Château Margaux). It has an intense bouquet with black cherries, boysenberry, cedar and those marine-like scents that I picked up on when I tasted this in barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly grainy tannin. There is a touch of graphite here, with a little more structure on the finish than I was expecting, yet it's still as fresh as a daisy and demonstrating greater precision than almost every other vintage that precedes it. This comes highly recommended-a superb wine from Emmanuel Cruse and his team."' 94 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: "The 2015 d'Issan is broodier on the nose than its peers and demands more coaxing, eventually revealing black fruit laced with tar and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and a keen line of acidity, but does not quite deliver enough complexity and personality toward the finish, implying that it has closed down in recent months. Wait for this wonderful Margaux to reach its plateau, because it is a very great wine. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting." 07/19
95+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous:"The 2015 d'Issan is a total knock-out. Spectacularly ripe and intense, the 2015 exudes richness in all of its dimensions. Super-ripe dark plum, lavender, spice, savory herbs, iron, smoke and new leather add myriad shades of nuance to this super-ripe, decidedly hedonistic Margaux. A powerful, dense wine, the 2015 is going to need a number of years before it is close to being ready to drink. I was quite impressed with d'Issan both times I tasted it. The 2015 has really come along nicely. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, aged in 50% new oak. Eric Boissenot consults." 2/18
96 Points, James Suckling: "Very complex aromas of currants, blackberries and iodine with hints of dried mushrooms and flowers. Full-bodied, very fine and silky with a very, very long finish. Shows tension and finesse. Structured yet shows an ultra-fine texture. Deep, dense center palate, yet it's all so polished. A wine for the future. Drink in 2022. " 2/18
95 Points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator:" Lovely steeped plum, fig and blackberry fruit is melded thoroughly with notes of alder, lilac and warm tar, giving this both treble and bass, while velvety tannins carry the finish with ease. Offers a long sanguine detail through the finish. Best from 2022 through 2040. (JM)"