Château d'Issan is a 3éme Cr Classé estate in Margaux with a reputation for making some of the richest, and best, wines of the appellation.
The estate is under the shared ownership of the Cruse family, who bought the estate in 1945, and Jacky Lorenzetti, who also owns Château Pédesclaux in Pauillac and Chateau Lilian Ladouys in Saint-Estèphe, and who bought a 50% share of d'Issan in 2013.
Emmanuel Cruse oversees the running of the estate, and his family have invested heavily and wisely over the post-war years to turn what was a rundown couple of hectares into one of the most consistent fine estates of Margaux by the end of the 20th century and to the present day.
The beautiful 18th century château, which replaced the medieval castle, is one of the oldest wine producing properties in the region, and is still surrounded by a moat. Legend even has it that the property we now know as d'Issan, then called Lamothe Cantenac, provided the wine for the marriage celebrations of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152.
Today, it is widely considered one of the most attractive buildings in the Médoc. Thanks to the efforts of the Cruse family, the château is now surrounded by 52 hectares of vines, planted with 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot, the grapes of which are hand harvested before a traditional vinification. The wine then spends 18 months in oak, a third of which is new before being bottled unfiltered.