The wines from Chateau d’Issan have been receiving great reviews in the last decade; indicating the hard work to increase the quality has been paying off. Quality control is crucial when it comes to grape selection if the top quality is required; during a recent vintage only 57% of the grapes arriving at the cellar door were employed in the first wine. The estate is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, which approximates to the blend although depending on the year this could vary in either direction. At its best, d’Issan shows a wonderful explosion of strong, black fruit and creamy notes on the nose; whilst the palate is weighty, polished with some grip and crunchy tannins; intense and lengthy.
ABOUT THE WINE MAKER
The three properties Château d’Issan, Château Pédesclaux and Château Lilian Ladouys are owned and managed by a partnership of the Cruse and Lorenzetti families. Emmanuel Cruse is the General Manager of all three properties and owns a 50% share of Château d’Issan, whilst Jacky Lorenzetti has the other 50% share of Château d’Issan and is owner of the other two.
The Cruse family has been established in Bordeaux for more than 200 years. Over the centuries they have invested in different estates in the Médoc region: including the chateaux of Pontet Canet, Giscours, Rauzan Segla, Haut-Bages Libéral and just after the Second World War, Château d’Issan. When the Cruse family acquired Château d’Issan, the vineyard was in ruins. Since then they have restructured the vineyards to highlight the authenticity of its unique terroir in Margaux. The wine was notably served during the wedding of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet (later to be Henry II King of England) in 1152.