Chateau d'Issan's story is primarily one of a legacy handed down through generations, and the rekindling of a quest for excellence at every step.
The estate's illustrious history dates back to 1152, when the wine was officially served at the wedding of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry Plantagenet, the future King of England. Its prestigious reputation continued throughout the centuries; from being mentioned in 1723 by Henry Powell, sommelier to the Prince of Wales, to its inclusion in Thomas Jefferson's famed selection of Bordeaux estates in 1787. Its status was officially recognised in the 1855 Classification, where it was named a Third Grand Cru Classé.
Every one of Chateau d'Issan's owners implemented innovative techniques and measures to ensure the estate's continued success. The Cruse family have owned the estate since 1945 and, under the management of Lionel and Emmanuel Cruse alongside the Lorenzetti family, have made significant investments in the vineyards. These, alongside similar improvements in the cellars, have ensured that Chateau d'Issan's wines are a faithful representation of their exclusive terroir. Its richly aromatic and silky-textured Clarets are often counted amongst the best in Margaux. Vineyards are planted across 44 hectares in the region, and are comprised of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot.