Château d’Issan, Blason d’Issan Margaux 2017, Bordeaux, France

Blason d’Issan, Château d’Issan’s second wine, was introduced from 1995 onwards to enable selection amongst their vines growing in the Margaux appellation area. Fruit from the youngest vines is used to produce this wine, which respects the identity of its terroir, while offering a tasty round fruitiness, which can be enjoyed earlier. Blason d’Issan is also aged in barrels for 14 to 16 months, one third of which are new. Annual production is around 120,000 bottles. 2017 vintage: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Protected by the wall. Winter was dry and cold, so the vines hibernated peacefully. A lovely warm spring stimulated early budding. In Bordeaux on April 27th and 28th, there were heavy frosts, but the d’Issan ‘clos’ was fortunately spared. The wall surrounding the estate was built in 1644. Being located close to the Gironde Estuary means that our terroir enjoys outstanding geological features and an unparalleled microclimate. Thanks to these conditions our vines were not affected by the series of cold spells that hit the region.