1996 d'Issan, Margaux (Previously $130)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This property continues to reassert itself, with a renewed commitment to quality. The 1996 d'Issan has turned out beautifully in bottle. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as an elegant, floral, blackberry, and smoky-scented nose. The wine is medium-bodied and complex in the mouth, with subtle new oak, gorgeously ripe, sweet black currant fruit, and well-integrated tannin and acidity. This quintessential Margaux-styled wine is elegant and rich. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. (RP)
Plenty of blackberry, currant, and cherry character. Medium to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity aftertaste. A mellow and well-defined 1996 and an affordable Third-Growth Margaux wine. 90 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "The ’96 d’Issan is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, matured in 50% new oak. Although the nose does not have the intensity of the 1995, it has more focus and harmony with blackberry, cedar, graphite and your old school desk covered in the graffiti of previous tenants. Nice lift. This shows the typical 1996 bouquet – austere but not in a negative way. The palate is very fine with firm tannins, a nice edginess to it, good acidity, like the nose rather austere and “haughty” and yet you can imagine it accompanying a meat dish with aplomb. Classic in every sense of the word with good length and a lovely tobacco and cedar finish. Drink now-2018. Tasted September 2008."