Chateau D’Issan "Grande Cru Classé" 2000

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
A still red wine from the Bordeaux, Margaux region of France.

Complex and structured. Cooked blueberry, tarragon, underwood, leather, cigar box...

Tasting Notes

On the glass this iconic Bordeaux shows a ruby colour with garnet rim.

The 2000 Grande Cru Classé from Chateau D’Issan is still powerful despite the vintage. On the nose, it opens with cooked blueberry notes, tarragon and underwood.

As it airs more, notes of vanilla, cigar box and leather start unfolding. Elegant tannins are still there as well as a vibrant freshness.

On the mouth the 2000 Grande Cru Classé from Chateau D’Issan is smooth and nice.

The finish is deep and elegant. Moreish.

It could be left aside for another 5 to 7 years easily.

Score 89

My score / points

Chateau D’Issan "Grande Cru Classé" 2000
Grande Cru Classé (2000) Review
Estate making Grande Cru Classé Estate Chateau D’Issan
Grande Cru Classé (2000) Label Grande Cru Classé
Style of Grande Cru Classé Style Red & Still
Country of Chateau D’Issan Country France
Region of Chateau D’Issan Region Bordeaux, Margaux
Grape blend of Grande Cru Classé Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Vintage of Grande Cru Classé Vintage 2000
My review of Grande Cru Classé Points

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Red-wine variety of grape

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most well-known red wine grape varieties in the world. It is grown in nearly every major wine-producing region, in a wide range of climates, from the Okanagan Valley in Canada to the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon. Cabernet Sauvignon rose to popularity as a result of its use in Bordeaux wines, where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The grape spread through Europe and into the New World, settling in places like California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Napa Valley, Hawkes Bay, South Africa’s Stellenbosch region, Australia’s Margaret River and Coonawarra valleys, and Chile’s Maipo Valley and Colchagua. It was the world’s most widely planted premium red wine grape for most of the twentieth century, before Merlot overtook it in the 1990s. By 2015, however, Cabernet Sauvignon had reclaimed its place as the most widely planted wine grape, with 341,000 hectares (3,410 km2) under vine globally.

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Dark blue-colored variety of wine-making grape

Merlot is a dark blue–colored wine grape variety that can be used to produce both blending and varietal wines. Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French word for a blackbird, which is most likely a reference to the grape’s color. Merlot is a common grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which appears to be higher in tannin, due to its softness and “fleshiness” combined with its earlier ripening.

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