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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 eplant 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
The 9 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau l’Isle Fort is planted to 58% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Situated in the small, lesser known commune of Lignan, the vineyard, with its south facing exposure is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare. The terroir is 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.
There is also a high-end cuvee produced from a selection of their best parcels, Cuvee Precieuse. Production here averages about 3,500 cases of wine per year.
The best vintages of Chateau l’Isle Fort are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Chateau l’Isle Fort, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau l’Isle Fort is better with at least 2-4 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour if desired.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau l’Isle Fort offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 2-12 years of age after the vintage.
Serving 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.
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.
Château de l'Isle Fort Wine Tasting Notes
13 Vintages 21,732 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2022||Château de l'Isle Fort (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Bright, fresh, red berries with floral accents and a crisp edge to the palate. Drink from 2023-2032. 88-90 Pts.
520 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
|2020||Château de l'Isle Fort (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Deep ruby in color, the wine is soft, forward, medium-bodied, round and fruity, with an open, easy to like fruity character that will be best for early drinking pleasure. 87-89 Pts
1,020 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château de l'Isle Fort (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Medium-bodied with a floral, aromatic edge to the red fruits, mocha, and licorice in the nose and round, easy-to-like palate. drink from 2022-2032.
1,472 Views Tasted Nov 25, 2022
Soft-textured, medium-bodied, forward and filled with sweet ripe cherries, fresh-picked flowers and lifted red fruits in the finish. 89-91 Pts
2,220 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Domaine de l'Isle Fort (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Floral, fruity, fresh, medium-bodied, soft and vibrant, the ripe cherries, with their hint of spice and licorice works great here. You can enjoy this young, for all its easy to like charm. 89-91 Pts
1,584 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château de l'Isle Fort (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Fresh, bright, soft, sweet cherries and strawberries in a forward, medium-bodied, already accessible style. This is just perfect for early drinking pleasure.
1,117 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
|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.
1,921 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|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!
2,121 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|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
1,580 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|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
1,296 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|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
1,588 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Domaine de l'Isle Fort (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
From 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.8% ABV. 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
1,317 Views Tasted Feb 24, 2018
|2010||Domaine de l'Isle Fort (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Fun, easy drinking, Merlot dominated soft, round, medium/full bodied, dark cherry and licorice filled wine that is at its peak.
2,046 Views Tasted Feb 23, 2018
|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.
1,930 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2011