1855 Grand Cru Classe – 3rd Growth
Château d’Issan is hidden inside the 17th-century walls. It is a classic French chateau surrounded by a moat. The chateau houses a famous third-growth winery listed in the 1855 Imperial Classification.
Château d’Issan is in Margaux where the mild weather, regulated by being close to the sea and the Gironde Estuary, and gravel and alluvial soils provide ideal conditions for vine growth.
Out of 67 hectares (141 acres) of vineyards, 52 hectares (109 acres) are in Margaux appellation, with small plots also in Haut-Medoc and Bordeaux Supérieur. Today, vines are 35 years old on average.
In the past, Château d’Issan changed ownership by inheritance and marriage. The history of the chateau goes back to the 12th century, while the current castle was built in the 17th century by Baron d’Essenault, whose family also named the chateau Issan using their contracted family name. The Foix de Candale family had to abandon the chateau during the French Revolution, after which the winery had changed hands several times.
In the 20th century, during the two World Wars, the estate was left to deteriorate but was since 1945, owned by the Cruse family, the chateau has been restored, the installations modified and the vineyard replanted.
In 2012, Françoise and Jacky Lorenzetti, who also own Château Lilian Ladouys in Saint-Estèphe and Château Pedesclaux in Pauillac, purchased a share in Chateau D’Issan contributing to further improvements and building of new winery
The interesting fact is that for the harvest which is done by hand, about fifty people come from Denmark as a result of a partnership with a Danish school.
Open for visits and tastings from Monday to Friday by appointment.
From 8 am to 12.30 am and from 1.30 pm to 5 pm.
Closed on weekends and public holidays.
Only private tours are being offered in French, English, Spanish.
Tasting options include:
Price: 20€ /person
Duration: 1 h 30 m
Discover Château d’Issan and Blason d’Issan made in the same year.
Price: 30€ person
Duration: 1 h 30 m
Taste Château d’Issan, Blason d’Issan, Haut-Médoc d’Issan, Moulin d’Issan.
Château d’Issan is made from the old vines in the middle of the Margaux appellation. The soil made up of surface gravel on top of a clay subsoil contributes to optimal ripeness and freshness of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Château d’Issan is aged in barrels for 16 to 18 months, half of which are new. Annual production is around 100,000 bottles.
Blason d’Issan, the second wine introduced in 1995 is made from the youngest vines. Blason d’Issan is also aged in barrels for 14 to 16 months, one-third of which are new. Annual production is around 120,000 bottles.
Le Haut-Medoc d’Issan. This wine is made from fruit grown on plots 5 km (3 miles) west of the estate in Arsac in the Haut-Médoc appellation. It uses the dominant Medoc grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Moulin D’Issan comes from an area known for its variety of soil types and sub-soils. Here, Bordeaux Supérieur AOC plots are located. The soil there is mainly clayey limestone and therefore particularly suited to the Merlot grape variety which contributes 90% of the blend. Its annual production is about 40,000 bottles.