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Chateau l’Isle Fort History, Overview
Chateau l’Isle Fort does not have much of a history as a wine producing estate in the Bordeaux region. In fact the property only dates back to the 2000 vintage. That is the year when the young Sylvie Douce and François Jeantet took over the existing property. At the time of the purchase, the entire estate was in serious need of restoration, renovations and replanting of the vineyards.
Once they began to completely renovate the chateau, cellars, vat rooms and Bordeaux vineyard, they brought in the experienced team of Stephane Derenoncourt to consult on the estate’s vineyard management techniques and wine making for the property.
Chateau l’Isle Fort Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
Situated in the in the small, lesser known commune of Lignan, the 7.5 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau l’Isle Fort is planted to 58% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard, with its south facing exposure is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare. The terroir is made of up of clay, limestone and sandy clay soils.
To produce the wine of Chateau l’Isle Fort, the vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The grapes are whole berry fermented. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine of Chateau l’Isle Fort is aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months before bottling. There is a second wine, La Chapelle de l’Isle. They also produce two different rose’ wines, Rose Ultime and l’isle Douce.
Serving and Decanting Chateau l’Isle Fort with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau l’Isle Fort is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau l’Isle Fort is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau l’Isle Fort is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Domaine de l'Isle Fort Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Domaine de l'Isle Fort ( Bordeaux Supérieur)
Silky, fruity, forward and charming, there is volume, soft textured fruit and a nice, berry, filled finish here. No need to age this, as it will be delicious on release.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 513 Views
2015 Domaine de l'Isle Fort ( Bordeaux Supérieur)
Ripe, round, forward, easy to taste and like, with lots of sweetness in the ripe, round, fruit filled finish. For value hunters, this is a steal!
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 876 Views
2014 Domaine de l'Isle Fort ( Bordeaux Supérieur)
Fruity, forward and fun, with a sweet, fresh, ripe cherry personality, this is a charmer to drink young. 87-89 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1190 Views
2013 Domaine de l'Isle Fort ( Bordeaux Supérieur)
Blending 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is approachable with a sweet, black cherry sensation with hints of bitter chocolate. 84-86 Pts
May 1, 2014points - Tasted 936 Views
2012 Domaine de l'Isle Fort ( Bordeaux Supérieur)
50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a medium-bodied wine with black and red fruits complicated by fresh herbs. 86-89 Pts
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 995 Views
2011 Domaine de l'Isle Fort ( Bordeaux Supérieur)
From 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol. Coffee, earth, black cherry, medium body, round textures and a fresh, easy-to-like spice-filled cherry finish are found in this wine. 87-88 Pts
Apr 20, 2012points - Tasted 911 Views
2009 Domaine de l'Isle Fort ( Bordeaux Supérieur)
Aromas of spicy red and black fruit open to a medium bodied Bordeaux Superieur wine with soft textures that ends with a sweet black raspberry jam filled finish.
Jul 18, 2011points - Tasted 1448 Views