The present-day chateau (surrounded by a moat) was constructed in the 17th Century; like so many Bordeaux estates it was essentially in ruins after the First World War. Acquired by the Cruse winemaking family in the 1950’s the vineyards were extensively replanted and the estate restored to its former glory. It was declared a Third Growth Grand Cru in the 1855 Bordeaux classification.
“The brightness and precision already comes through on the nose with floral, blackcurrant character. Full-bodied and very tight and creamy with polished tannins that last for minutes. Warm and intense. Needs four to five years to show all it has, yet already a beauty.” James Suckling
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The Château d’Issan 2016 presents a somewhat traditional bouquet that is initially reserved. However, on the palate, it showcases a medium body with crisp tannins and remarkable finesse. The wine exhibits good concentration and impressive clarity. It displays excellent balance, with a notable saline character and a finish that lingers with wonderful aromatic persistence and exceptional precision. The Medoc vineyards “enjoyed” continuous rain from 1st January to the beginning of June! The drainage work carried out in 1995 on the Chateau d’Issan estate, makes it possible to regulate the amount of water irrigating each plot. The vines’ roots reach down very deep, which makes their water supply regular. The rain stopped in the first week of June and flowering was uniform and abundant. The grapes are traditionally vinified, and the wine is then matured in oak casks (50% new) for 18 months. The wine is bottled unfiltered.
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