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.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
11Wines with a DM9 to DM12 rating are very good wines, above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They are pure, balanced, and have no flaw whatsoever. They begin to show complexity. Moreover, these wines have their own character and transport typicity and terroir.
/ 20 ("very good")
Stars:
3Wines with a rating of 3 stars are very well-made. They exceed expectations and are well above average within their peer group.
/ 5

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Wine details

Vintage: 2013
Colour:red
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:yes
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château d'Issan
Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Subregion:Médoc
Appellation: Margaux AOC
Vineyard: n/a
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