“Grand Cru Classé”
Chateau d’Issan is one of the most beautiful estates in the Medoc. The entire property takes up 120 hectares, with 41 hectares under vine. The 41 hectare vineyard of Chateau d’Issan resides on gravel with clay based soils. The vineyard is planted to 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot. The Margaux vineyards of Chateau d’Issan are planted to a vine density of 9,000 vines per hectare with vines that are on average 35 years of age. They have old vines as well, some of which are 62 years of age.
Chateau d’Issan is also one of the oldest wine producing properties in the Medoc as well as in all of Bordeaux. In the late 1400′s the vineyards were known as Teobon. Jumping ahead a few centuries to the 17th century, the Bordeaux wine estate became the official possession of d’Essenault.
The name, d’Issan is based on an early phonetic spelling of d’Essenault. d’Essenualt was a member of Parliament, a knight and the owner of Chateau d’Issan. He began an extensive program of rebuilding, renovating and redesigning the Bordeaux wine property. Eventually he built a new castle on the property and continued his construction projects until the French Revolution.