2006 d'Issan, Margaux
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Now consistently one of the great wines of the appellation, d’Issan has produced a dense purple-colored wine with a beautiful set of aromatics offering a smorgasbord of aromas such as perfumed flowers, incense, graphite, licorice, blueberry, and black currant. The wine is seamlessly constructed, like a fine dress from a haute couture house. With fabulous concentration of fruit, the ethereal elegance and sublime character of this wine make it seem to almost float across the palate with substantial flavor penetration and laser-like focus. This is a gorgeous example of 2006 that can be drunk in 3-4 years or cellared for over two decades. Good value. (RP)
This shows a perfumed and sweet tobacco character on the nose that is very enticing with a shiitake mushroom undertone. Full body, firm tannins and a savory, chocolate, meat and spice character. Has the firmness of the 2006s. Drink or hold.
Very dark. Light black cherry aromas and very flattering indeed. Juicy and actually rather swallowable and well balanced.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Moderately saturated ruby-red. Blackberry, bitter chocolate, violet, menthol and licorice on the nose, plus a whiff of musky game. Suave and fine-grained, with a light touch to its rather wild flavors of black fruits, licorice and violet. Finishes with easygoing tannins that turned a bit dusty with air and subtle lingering perfume.
Aromas of blackberry jam and dried flowers lead to a full body, with round, velvety tannins and a medium finish. Needs just a touch more richness to be outstanding. A nicely crafted wine for the vintage. Best after 2012.
Deep, dark color. Earthy aromas with nice blackberry aromas. Good length. Elegant. Fine finish. Nice structure. A "sleeper of vintage"? *+ Ralph Sands: "Good deep ripe wine in the classic style. Touch rustic, but the fruit carries on throughout the entire wine."