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.
After the exceptional 2015 vintage for the Margaux appellation, the 2016 vintage offers a stunning quality, with great balance, for every Bordeaux appellation. The vineyards enjoyed a continuous rain all winter. The drainage work, carried out in 1995 on the Château d’Issan estate, made it possible to regulate the amount of water irrigating each plot. From the month of June, the sun settled, enabling a homogeneous and abundant flowering. The whole summer was hot and dry until the 13th of September, when a short rainfall awakened the vines. The harvest, which began the 29th of September and ended the 19th of October, were considerably similar to 2010, but with much more volume. When the fruit was tasted on the vines, from the outset the vintage was recognized to be very promising, with outsanding balance.