Address: Château d'Issan Cantenac 33460 Margaux France
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 88 35 91
Visits: By appointment.
Details: Margaux, 3ème cru classé, 52ha (30ha cru classé), gravelly
Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot Noir 35%
There’s evidence the property existed in the Middle Ages – then known as Teobon. Its wine is said to have been served at the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henri Plantagenet. But d’Issan’s timeline really begins in the 17th century when the land was acquired by Bordeaux parliamentarian Chevalier d’Essenault – he christened the estate (later shortened to Issan) and built the splendid château. The knight’s tenure ended abruptly (the Revolution again) and during the 19th century the Roy family began building an ever-improving reputation. That too ended rudely, as d’Issan was all-but ruined during the economic gloom of the 1930s. From 1945, massive investment, hard work and much vineyard expansion by the Cruse family has restored the property.