Château d’Issan is a Third Growth of the 1855 Imperial Classification. The wine is made from the old vines in the Château d’Issan enclosure in the middle of the Margaux appellation. The soil here is mainly made up of surface gravel on top of a clay subsoil, which contributes to optimal ripeness and freshness in our two grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Château d’Issan expresses the exquisite bouquet so characteristic of Margaux, and stands out with its suppleness, subtlety, elegance and long keeping potential that come from its unique terroir. Château d’Issan is aged in barrels for 16 to 18 months, half of which are new. Annual production is around 100,000 bottles.
The 2015 vintage is especially important for the Cruse family, because it is the 70th anniversary of its acquisition of Château d’Issan in 1945. After a mild spring and sunny, hot weather in June, the vines flowered quickly and uniformly. Summer was lovely and hot and very dry, leading to half the fruit having begun to change colour by the beginning of August. The grapes were hand-picked in a very relaxed atmosphere; the Merlot was brought in between 21st and 29th September, while the Cabernet Sauvignon was gathered between 30th September and 6th October. Château d’Issan 2015 is full of lovely pure aromas from its grape varieties and has extremely elegant, silky tannins.