The second wine of Château d'Issan, Blason d'Issan 2013 is blended with 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 57% Merlot aged in French oak barrels, of which 35% are new; 45% using old-fill from Chateau d'Issan. The grapes come from plots of vines that are around 18 years old.
Harvest is relatively late(1 OCtober to 12 October) to ripen fruit. Alcohol is maintained low at 13%. Nose is simple; fragrant; palate supple; tannins finely chiseled. There is some chunkiness with a pure Margaux masculinity (from Cantenac), and also a real quality and some depth for a second wine. Quite delicious. Yield is low (approximately 45% off standard Bordeaux AOC), and so the wine is intense is a second wine.
Aged in 35% new barrel, it is bottled in May 2015 and begins to have the adequate bottle age showing off a bit of complexity. Length is medium, and there is lot of good black fruit.
The first wine is JS92, and for this second wine and we ranked it DD90 . Not bad at all!
The three properties Château d'Issan, Château Pédesclaux and Château Lilian Ladouys are owned and managed by a partnership of the Cruse and Lorenzetti families. Emmanuel Cruse is the General Manager of all three properties and owns a 50% share of Château d'Issan, whilst Jacky Lorenzetti has the other 50% share of Château d’Issan and is owner of the other two.
The Cruse family has been established in Bordeaux for more than 200 years. Over the centuries they have invested in different estates in the Médoc region: including the chateaux of Pontet Canet, Giscours, Rauzan Segla, Haut-Bages Libéral and just after the Second World War, Château d’Issan.