Soul of a great Margaux

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 2018 vintage 2020

2020

The winter of 2020 was mild, and will go down in history as the warmest since the beginning of the 20th century. Accordingly, bud burst came early between 10th and 15th March. March and April were especially sunny and as a result, the vines began to flower on 11th May. The end of spring was nonetheless very rainy, especially during the weekend of 8th May. Just as in the previous year, July was dry and sunny. The onset of ripening (véraison) occurred on 7th July. Mid-August brought scattered showers, but the vines continued to grow in vigorous good health. The beginning of autumn featured ideal variations in temperature enabling optimal fruit ripening, and allowing perfect balance in the juice.

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