A Margaux wine, Château d'Issan has been greatly admired since the 12th century. This Grand Cru Classé in 1855 has now regained its reputation thanks to the Lorenzetti family’s involvement, also owners in the Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac appellations, with the Cruse family.
The Château d’Issan’s 59-hectare vineyard is spread over three appellations. Most of it is cultivated on the gravelly and alluvial hills of the Margaux wine region.
The weather conditions during the 2016 vintage were quite exceptional. From January 1st to the beginning of June, the heavy rainfall replenished the water reserves but there was still a fear regarding the flowering stage. The rain stopped during the first week of June and flowering was optimal and even. Summer then set in and brought heat and dryness along with it, the rainfall on September 13th salvaged the vines and kick-started the ripening of the grapes. The Indian summer, with good temperature variations between daytime and nighttime, favoured the optimal ripening of the grapes until the harvest, which took place from September 29th to October 19th.
The vinification and ageing
Harvested by hand, the grapes are carefully transported to the gravity-fed vat room where they are vinified by plot in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is aged in barrels (50% of which are new).
Cabernet Sauvignon (64%)
The nose reveals delicious fruity fragrances.
Medium-bodied, the palate reveals fine, crisp tannins. Concentrated and precise, the palate seduces with its beautiful balance, its smooth salinity and its persistent finish.
The 2016 D'Issan is blended of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot, aged in 50% new and 50% one-year-old French oak for 18 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it has vibrant black cherries and blackcurrants notes with chocolate mint, beef drippings, black olives and cigar box. Medium-bodied with a well-sustained, intensely flavored mid-palate, it has a rock-solid, grainy frame and long savory finish. 10,500 cases produced.