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Grape Variety: 57% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 13%
This is the second wine of Château d'Issan; a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot aged in French oak barrels, of which 35% are new. The grapes come from plots of vines that are around 18 years old and are not yet ready to make the first wine. Distinguished by the suppleness, charm and finesse that defines the appellation. This vintage was awarded 16.5 by both Jancis Robinson and Decanter, the latter commenting, 'Lovely fragrant nose, pure Margaux, real quality and depth for a second wine.'
At the very beginning, there was a fortress in the seigneury of La Mothe-Cantenac. The 12th century building was demolished five hundred years later by Baron d’Essenault when he inherited the estate. In its place he had the present property built, which today still has some beautiful medieval features, such as its imposing gateway, its towers and its moat, relics of its former defences. A wall built in 1644 still surrounds the vineyard. The chateau is lived in today, having undergone several phases of renovation. In 1970, after the Cruse family undertook refurbishment work, the chateau was included on the French complementary list of historical buildings.
Château d’Issan is in the middle of the Margaux appellation, a truly privileged location, which explains the outstanding quality of its wines. The mild weather, regulated by being close to the sea and the Gironde Estuary, provides ideal conditions for vine growth. The soil is made up of mounds of gravel and 15-metre (50-foot) high alluvial hills, rounded by erosion. This ground drains well, forcing the vines to develop deep root systems in search of the special ingredients that make Château d’Issan wines so distinctive.
|Grape Variety||57% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|