Chateau d’Issan has one of the longest and most illustrious histories, even by the standards of Bordeaux. Having been served at the marriage between Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England, this Left Bank estate has held its place in the upper echelons of Bordeaux wine making for centuries. In addition, the Chateau itself is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the region. After passing through the hands of several families, the Essenault family then owned the estate for five generations and gave it its name – Issan being a contraction of Essenault. At the turn of the 19th Century the Chateau had firmly established its reputation for producing wines of exceptional quality and the perfect expressions of their terroir – a reputation that was reaffirmed by the Bordeaux Classification of 1855 when d’Issan was rated as a third growth. Unfortunately the estate was allowed to fall in to disrepair in between the two World Wars, however the Cruse family took over the ownership in 1945 and under Lionel Cruse’s management the Chateau was restored and the vineyards replanted. The Cruse family was joined in 2012 by Francoise and Jacky Lorenzetti – owners of Chateau Lilian Ladouys (Saint-Estephe) and Chateau Pedesclaux (Pauillac) – who have all worked together to achieve the renewal of Chateau d’Issan.

Covering 67 hectares of vineyards, d’Issan grows a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder planted to Merlot. Gravel is the predominant feature in the soil here, helping with drainage and forcing the vines to develop deep root systems. On average the vines are 35 years old. Following the manual harvest, the grapes are sorted and gravity-fed into separate tanks to preserve the distinctive characteristics of each plot. Temperatures are carefully controlled during fermentation and ageing in barrels. Eric Boissenot, consultatnt oenologist, supervises the blending in order to maintain Chateau d’Issan’s characteristic suppleness, elegance and age-worthiness. The grand vin in typically bottled without filtration, whilst their second wine – Blason d’Issan – is sourced from younger vines and is approachable at a much younger age.

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