Dominik Mueller

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2013 Château d'Issan

Tasting note

2013 Château d'Issan

A cuvée of about three quarters Cabernet Sauvignon and one quarter Merlot. From a rather unappreciated Bordeaux vintage 2013 with somewhat lighter wines, not all of which will have a long life.

The colour of this wine is youthful. An opaque deep dark red with purple highlights. In the glass it draws thick streaks.

An elegant bouquet with a very light floral touch and a distinct but soft cherry fruit. Reminiscent of cherry yogurt. I like it! A vanilla spice is there, but also subtle. With a hint of mint in the background. Smoke was initially present after opening, but this quickly dissipated, allowing the fruit to predominate.

The tannins are velvety. The mouthfeel is really soft and approachable. The acidity is restrained. On the palate, the dark fruit again predominates. With more time in the glass, this does not change much.

Although the wine seems rather soft, the finish is long and dry.

Overall, the 2013 is an approachable Château d’Issan. The wine is elegant, but has only few edges at this stage, which some may miss. Nevertheless, I liked it very much: Sometimes a red wine is a lot of fun even if it is not the most complex. It’ll be interesting to see whether more cellaring can bring out some tertiary notes into the mix.

Drink through 2030.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Wednesday, 5 April 2023.


91Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM91 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 3.0 WSET score.
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3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
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3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2013
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château d'Issan
Appellation:Margaux AOC
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