I bought this wine because Jean-Marc Quarin, Bordeaux based French wine journalist gave it an unusually high note en primeur. Parker also eluded to good quality with 92-94 Pt. and recently, in his 2005 retrospective, upgraded it to even 96 Pt. Today this wine is a reminder of the fact that there is grand Bordeaux below 100 USD the bottle if you are willing to dismiss the urge to be a "Channel/Hermes label drinker". Tasting note: Medium-dark garnet. Discrete nose of red and dark fruit, chocolate, cinnamon, flowers. On the palate medium bodied, striking elegance with very finely textured tannins and freshness (elegance and freshness is one of the hallmarks of 2005). A Ballerina! This is at the beginning of the drinking window only. Decant for 1h if you open it now. 94-95
As always, this wine never disappoints. Earthy tobacco, chocolate, coffee, toffee and a lovely sweetness to it. Elegance and power. A good buy at the right price, drinking lovely right now though may improve even more with time. 95+pts.
Starting to show secondary notes of tobacco, thyme, plum, cedar and earth on the nose. This has really filled out and improved over the past decade. There is a beautiful purity to the fruit, silky, soft tannins and a fresh, fruit filled finish that tastes as good as it feels. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.
Bu jour racine Robe dense très légèrement troublée Le nez est très parfumé et difficile à décrire (complexe?) café (Pia - champignon, noix) framboise Le vin est rond et délicat. Clairement,le passage en carafe et l aération produisent un effet. La finale est très agreable
Color: dark purple Nose: very feminine, elegant, black fruits, good and will get better Palate: 2.5 hours decanted, really ripe but balanced, a very good issan, rich, full of body, this will be a great issan in 5-7 years time Rated: 93+
Wine night with Joe and Kyla (Joe's Bar and Grill): Decanted for 6 hours and probably should have been 26. We haven't opened an '05 Bordeaux in 2+ years because of how infantile they've been. But with a big fall '05 tasting coming up it's time to check-in. The nose was reasonably open with cassis, pencil, and cigar box notes. On the palate: big black fruit, wet stone, and mocha also show up. Tannins remain firm but at least it's no longer like stepping into the boxing ring... I'd still wait 2-3 more before trying again (if it weren't for the November Ritual).
From a split. Much too young, but popped to get a feel for how the 2005s are doing. The Issan is a big, dense, broadshouldered and concentrated wine with tons of fruit. Showing primarily sweet fruit with a cassis lead, chocolate and tobacco.
A solid frame in terms of acidity and tannin structure confirms the pedigree of the vintage. There are signs of a complexity that will emerge, but at the moment this is still pretty monolithic in my opinion. Wait.
Deeply compelling as always. Lovely coffee and chocolate tones, with a wonderful depth - almost a bass note. We had this after a vertical of Branaire-Ducru ('94, '99, '00, '09, '11) at K&L dinner in the city, and this d'Issan was far superior to all of the Branaire-Ducru - wasn't even close, to my palate. This vintage of d'Issan is always one of my favorites.
Good nose, aromatic and clean. Sweet and smooth on entry, dry mid-palate, and slight warmth at finish. Big and complex wine with decent balance, but still not ready yet. May need another 5 years, it seems to mature very slowly versus last bottle tasted 2 years ago. Keep some for later on, not ready yet even on the 3rd day, this will be a long distance runner.
Such a treat as always, but this one was a step up from the last bottle. This has taken on more weight and concentration. It's pretty amazing - soo expresive and decadent, structured but yielding too. Earthy to begin with, and then it turns creamy and lush. I had the '09 Malescot St. Supery recently - another Margaux, which I love. This impressed more though. 96+pts. One would be very hard pressed to find Bordeaux showing better than this now for <$90. If there is such a bottle, do pray tell.
Very dark purple colour. Powerful, jammy nose of ripe strawberries, dark cherries and some smoke. On the palate rather spicy and a bit bitter. Cherries, white pepper, and vanilla with some hints of cedar. The tannins have smoothened yet there is a lack of complexity and an overly spicy and firm after-palate. Medium length which pleasantly finishes on long cherry notes.
Very intense nose of dark strawberries, smoke. caramel. Silky tannins with deep rich cherries, tobacco, earth. Still a tad dry on elongated finish. One of the better '05s to date, and much better than any other d"Issan I have had previously. Can easily see the score jump a few points as time progresses.
God knows I was looking forward to it - all those rave reviews here on CT - and when first decanted the signs were excellent - nice dark colur with shine and legs on the glass and an intense nose of all manner of complexity but traditional cassis. cigar box, violets and lead pencil. I waited with bated breath and served the best steak with it about an hour later and .... a bit ordinary really - a little too soft and and did not deliver on the palate or the finish in the way I had expected - a decent Claret but I hope, at the price, this was an off bottle - loses a mark for poor QPR
Mammoth and majestic this wine has many years of glory. Chocolate, expresso, licorice, crushed roses, and black fruit along with the balance and richness make this a drink now or hold for more wine. Your choice and a great one.
Unusual barnyard and wet forrest notes for a Margaux and in all 4 bottles consumed. Currant and blackberry dominate the taste with silky tannins. Chocolate and very good balance to the elegant side. After some time the tannins becomes more profound and the wine close down on nose and taste. Still in need for 2 years more before next bottle. Unusual style but still a good glas.
Not concentrated but beautifully balanced. Blackcurrant, farmyard esp. on opening, some plum. Finishes longer than expected. Not closed - but natural cellar may mean more advanced than for others. Most approachable of recent 2005s.
This was lovely as usual, but slightly more austere than usual with a slight green pepper note that I didn't notice before. Still one of my favorite Bordeaux at this pricepoint. Showing well now - am not sure it needs any more time in bottle; my Bordeaux-loving friend who I drank this with thought that it may not benefit from any more time in bottle.
This is a elegant full bodied wine. With aromas of blackberries, caramel, and licorice. The length is wonderful, never stops. It quite oaky, with touch of chocolate, blackberries and pepper. Surprisingly mature now with soft tannins, would of course develop a lot over the next years. And im sure it`s a 95 pointer when we arrive 2018.
A rich royal purple full-bodied liquid oozes from the decantor (decant an hour) and the cassis and blackberry and forest floor waft from the gloss to nose. This wine is balanced and smooth and drinks like silk. Rose and tulips and sweet fruit and tannin are perfectly balanced in this textured beauty.
Decanted for a couple hours, then drank over the course of the next 3 hours. Aroma is leather, dark fruit and tar...had a very tight aroma. Taste definitely had quite a bit of tannin at first, and still had a decent amount near the end, but it wasn't terrible. Taste is plum and coffee primarily. Decent level of acidity. This is obviously still too young, but better than I had expected and gets me intrigued for my other bottle's future. Definitely see potential for this score to go higher.
The 2005 d'Issan is very early in it's drinkability window. Very reserved on its approach on the palette. Notes of coffee and deep chocolate. I am looking forward to tasting this as it ages over the next 20 years.
Rich nose of forest fruit on damp forest soil, hints of vanilla. Nice fruitiness, fat legs, chewy with tannins yet smoothness and beautiful length. Pleasant on the palate and after-palate and big enough to be enjoyed on its own or with red meat and venison.
Very beautiful wine. Full and complete nose of tobacco, coffee, forest fruit. Silky smooth attack - the rich tannins require a while to level-off - with powerful palate of dark fruit, jam, toasted coffee and tobacco notes, some subtle vanilla and white pepper. Beautiful length and full bodied. Will smoothen further within the next 5 years.
Concentrated, a lot of coffee and chocolate notes, so seamless and balanced. They really did a great job with this. One of my very favorite '05s, and drinking well now, but will gain even more complexity with time. My friend and I shared a bottle of the '06 at the same time. The '06 is clearly cut from the same cloth and is a lovely wine in its own right, but is clearly less concentrated (the wine even looks so much less concentrated) and has a bit of forest floor notes and one or two edges here and there. The '05 by comparison is just so much smoother and complex.
My best purchasing decision yet especially with the 25% Tesco online first timer discount (just use a different email address to grab this yourselves).
Decanted for 90 mins and paired with veal in breadcrumbs, saute potatoes and salad - later mix of SW cheeses and Normandie brie.
Enchanting Proustian smells including leather, tobacco - sent me back to step-father's Opel Manta circa 1977. Slight upfront tannin but soon went and then two hours of sublimes 'ums' and 'aahs'. Another seven bottles to spread across two decades of daydreams.
Good nose. Notes of forest floor, mint, blackberry, dark cherry with toasty oak. Medium-bodied with sweet and sour tannins. Slightly dry aftertaste and long finish. Lower viscosity but higher acidity and more prominent tannins than 2006 vintage, seems to be more "lively" compares with 2006 vintage. Label indicated 13.5% alcohol with no heat. Good balance. It is drinkable now but still not ready for prime consumption yet, may take another 5 years to resolve the tannins nicely. Good QPR for Bordeaux 2005 vintage. On 2nd day, great nose, aromatic, clean and focus. Slightly softer tannins with plenty of fruits. Maintains very good balance. This is delicious, need to upgrade the score. 94-96 pts.
PNP. Nice deep purple colored wine. Upon opening the wine was very aromatic. Lovely plum, raspberry and earth scents on the nose. Some of the same notes as on the nose along with mint, milk chocolate and some great spice component. Nice and fresh. Smooth round tannins great balance between fruit and acidity. I can see this drinking extremely well with another five years of age on it and last for another two decades.
Somewhat dark purple center to a translucent purple rim with nice medium legs. Nose of typical Margaux with rasberry, blackberry notes, mint and menthol, mocha and dark chocolate, tobacco, truffle, mushroom, forest floor. Dark fruit on the palate with spice, tobacco, vanilla cream, balanced fruit with nice acidity and well integrated tannins expressive of great aging potential with a reasonably dry chalky finish. Agree with Jeff Leve, and *vine*.
1 hour later, exquisite and worthy of more score. Exceptional chocoalte, tobacco, smooth tannins, I only wish I had lamb or steak sitting in front of me.
From 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the wine was aged in 55% new oak. Still deep in color, the wine opens with floral, black cherry, forest floor, cassis, tobacco and spicy aromas. With supple, refined textures, concentration of fruit and a long, elegant, blackberry finish, this continues to develop perfectly. Give it a few more years and enjoy it over the next 15-25 years. 2005 Chateau d’Issan remains well priced for consumers looking for value and quality in Bordeaux.
Very dark opaque purple color, tight nose of plums and dark berry fruits. The taste has about all you can pack into a fine Margaux-a real iron fist in a velvet glove. Most all of the adjectives recorded by other tasters on this site can be found in this layered wine. It is 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot and its balance makes it a wine whose maturity should be measured in decades and not years. If there are any bottles around in 15 or 20 years then I hope I am here to try one. A seamless classic!
Muted nose predominantly of cassis. Palate dominated by primary black fruit elements presented in a restrained elegant style. Very sumptuous and balanced and all the elements are there for a great wine down the road.
What a beautiful wine. Still holding up just as good the following day after vacume seal. I'd describe this wine as restrained exuberance. It's quite rich and decadent but at the same time holds back. This is why I love Bordeaux. This one is pretty pricey, setting me back $75 plus tax, but I feel it's worth the price of admission and am tempted to get more. I've recently had some lovely '05s like Clerc Milion and Grand Puy Lacoste, which are rated similarly but I don't think they show quite the same balance and finese as this beauty from d'Issan. Lovely.
Deep in color, popped and poured, the wine offered tobacco, earth, cassis, truffle, smoke and cigar box scents. Full bodied, soft textured and round, this young Margaux wines needs another 5-7 years before it begins to strut its stuff.
Popped, poured a small sample and aerated for 60 minutes in bottle. Medium-plus, deep red/purple hue. Aromas of black fruits, black cherry,violet, dried tobacco, pencil shavings, and a bit of "funky" earth. Medium-plus body. On the palate, this Margaux shows poise and finesse through moderately expressive flavors of earthy, dark fruits with hints of spice and minerals. Initially easy to drink and nicely balanced, after a few hours it becomes more astringent, with tannins taking over on the moderate-plus close. Still, this is a great bottle of claret and one that should be singing with another 4-6+ years.
Blind tasted the Chateau D'Issan against a 2006 Cakebread Cellars. 4 out of 5 of my guests chose the D'Issan. The Cakebread was very drinkable and a lovely wine, but the D'Issan had a complexity that the Cakebread lacked. Both wines held up well to grilled steak. The D'Issan is ready to drink now, but will not doubt improve with age.
Probably my WOTN. Margaux cherry and violet emenating from the glass. It still is compact and heavy but well balanced. With more time in glass, the wine developed some beautiful merlot driven tertiary notes of truffles and kirsch. Really mercurial as it kept changing but was always knit in good balance. I thought it may be the Palmer. 94-97.
For the first hour or so this wine was earthy and quite delicate. After opening for an hour the nose developed a light tar/asphalt/fuel issue that I actually like along with tobacco and pencil shavings. Mineral and floral notes on the front and mid palate with dark semi sweet fruits. Nice firm tannins finish it off. Beautiful wine, very elegant and well balanced.
Deep in color, this structured, traditionally made Margaux opens with earth, cassis, spice, blackberry and floral aromas. Full bodied and loaded with ripe, dark berries, this rich wine will improve for decades.
It should be noted that I decanted this bottle for about five hours and drank it over a two day period.
I was pleasantly surprised that even at this young age, this wine has no noticeable hard edges. I am glad that this wine is only aged on 50% new barriques, as this clearly prevents the oak from overwhelming all other components (specially its delicious black fruit). It exhibits well rounded tannings and lively acidity. Overall, this 2005 d'Issan displayed a voluptous mouth-fill that I really enjoyed.
Based on this wine balance and impressive length (i.e. 1+ minute), I have no doubt of the staying power of this wine. It definitely will not surprise me if I ever rate this wine higher.
Linking With Bordeaux (Wine Exchange - Orange, CA): Dark red purple core with a radiant purple rim. Gorgeous and already complex, the bouquet on this wine yields flowers, wet earth, blackberry, and cassis. The superb fruit flavors of currant, dark berries, and minerals combine with tremendous contrast of power and elegance on the palate. Structured, complex, and balanced. This is the second time I have tasted this wine and it has been profound both times. Some of the other wines I have given high scores to from this vintage may not be liked by all but this one should offer something for everyone at maturity; it is that good. 95+
I was surprised to see this still on shelves for $65 after its 95-point Parker rating. If it disappears over the next few months, it'll be because of that rating, not because it tastes particularly impressive now. It's a very backwards, rugged wine, with sandbags of dry tannin and cranberryish fruit slapped with just enough oak toast to give it a blacker tinge and a scorched asphalt character. It's mostly mute on the nose with just a little wooliness and none of the classic Margaux perfume. It ought to age just fine since there's no shortage of structure, but I don't understand deriving much pleasure from it today regardless of where your tastes lie, as it has neither the inky concentration and fruit-gobs that the Parker points tend to connote, nor the perfume and elegance of old-school Margaux. Hopefully the latter will come out with age, and indeed the leftovers the next day are much more supple and inviting.
rich purple color, mocha-coffee oak (subsiding after time in decanter), red fruits w/ merlot character, apple blossom, sour plum. Firm, woody tannins. Given a little more time in the cellar, and a little more time to breathe before drinking may show bettter.
Bottle was open but not decanted for 2hrs. before tasting. Initially shy and un-forthcoming aromatically, approx. 4-5hrs. after the bottle was opened it started to sing. Elegant bouquet of Margaux elegance, purple flower, hint of anise, fine-grained cedar, whiff of smokiness, lovely! Tannin and structure are obviouly firm, but not coarse at all. Still somewhat primary at this stage. Excellent concentration of fruit, no obvious acidity. Will be beautiful with a few years of bottle age, however, cannot agree with RP95 at this point in time.
Casual Friday Night Steaks (Home): Decanted for 3-4 hours. Full purple color. Big clean black fruit nose with classic cedar notes. Big bold black fruit with coffee and black spice on the palate. Still quite tight and young, but good stuffing here.
Decanted for 6 hours. Day 1: Brilliant dark raspberry purple to the rim with medium legs in the glass. An intoxicating bouquet of crème de cassis, wild berries, flowers, chocolate, creosote, and explosive minerality. Like walking along a forest creek surrounded by wild flowers. The palate initially shows a sweet sensation that quickly melds with the acidity for a beautiful texture. This is superbly seductive in a supple fruit driven style with complex notes of boysenberry, cherry, and minerals. Tremendous balance, elegance, freshness, ultra fine sweet tannins, and a super long finish. While this has great concentration the balance is so superb you can't really perceive the individual components even at this young age. For me this is quickly becoming the trademark of the 2005 vintage. Recorked with 1/3 bottle overnight. Day 2: Darker opaque red purple to the rim today. The nose seems darker and more brooding with gobs of berries, stones, floral perfume, and toast. The palate is more mineral driven, tannic, full-bodied, and structured today but the gorgeous crème de cassis and cherry notes are still there. This wine seemed to be showing more baby fat yesterday and after being opened for 30+ hours more of its ample aging structure. I really liked this for its complexity, elegance, and balance, each of which it has slightly more of than the stunning Lascombes I have previously tasted.
Very complex wine. Very much finesse as well. This is a textbook elegant Margaux. Although young, the tannin is very soft. Now, so young already so attractive, but the wine will be definitely be a beauty in 10 years from now as well.