Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Blason D'Issan 1996

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Winery: Blason D'Issan

Vintage: 1996

Appellation: Margaux

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (30%)

Oak: 16 months in oak (35% new)

Average Price: $35.00

Tasting notes: A intense ruby color (red cherry), with a beautifull nose but unfortunatly not too long. You will get some plums, oak, rose and spices scents. As the taste, you will discover a light acidity, high tannin and full body wine. The black fruits (cherry, blackcurrant) are well balanced with the oak flavours to finish with a nice earthy taste with a touch of spices .

Food Pairing Suggestions: Definetly this wine will have been better a few years earlier but is still really good and interesting to pair with some game paté to start your dinner, followed by a coq au vin, an Ossau Iraty (sheep cheese from the basque area in France) with some cherry marmelade will be perfect before finishing with a chocolate soufflé .

Winery Notes: Blason D'Issan is the second wine of Chateau D'Issan which is a troisieme cru (third growth) of the Medoc from the 1855 classification. Some of the Chateaux of Bordeaux have insured the quality of their house wine by selecting the best grapes. But what happens to grapes that the winemakers think that are not good enought? They decide to use them to make a second wine under a second label. Those wines do not have the same quality, but are still great as they are made by the same winemaker, and come from the same terroir. The good point is those seconds wines are cheaper .

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