Chateau D'Issan 2021

  • 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.
  • Spicy character of the vintage is represented by a note of red peppercorn.
  • Deep tannins, lots of substance, rich creamy fruit, oak and a controlled finish.
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • James Suckling
    96 points

Editors notes

65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot.

For fans of the d’Issan style, this delivers in spades. Here the spicy character of the vintage is represented by a note of red peppercorn on the nose, and from there the wine motors, with deep tannins, lots of substance, rich creamy fruit, oak and a controlled finish.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Suckling

    "A very fine yet structured d’Issan with blackcurrant and plum, as well as spice and walnuts. The palate is full and structured with wonderful tannins and length. It really grows on the palate. Serious balance of ripe and fine tannins with pretty fruit and a citrusy undertone. This could move up a notch. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot."

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About the brand Château d'Issan

hateau d’Issan is one of the oldest wine producing properties in the Medoc as well as in all of Bordeaux. In 1152, the wine produced by what we know of as Chateau d’Issan today, was served for the royal wedding between Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henri II.

At the time, the estate was known as Chateau Lamothe Cantenac. This makes what we know of today as Chateau d’Issan, one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux that has continually produced Bordeaux wine in the appellation.

In the late 1400’s the vineyards were known as belonging to Chateau Teobon. Jumping ahead a few centuries to the 17th century, the estate became the official possession of the d’Essenault family.

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 property. Eventually he built a new castle next to the vineyard and continued his construction projects until the French Revolution.

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