Wine of the Week: Chateau L’Isle Fort Bordeaux Superieur 2009

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Chateau L’Isle Fort Bordeaux Superieur 2009: Red ruby.  Exhibits a tantalizing aromatic blend of plums and violets.  On the palate, this velvety, medium-bodied offering shows delicious dark plum fruits, with a hint of chocolate and cassis.  A blend of 58% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Lovely for its balance and ripe fruit purity, that is pleasantly devoid of new wood or over-extraction.  A smashing value for $18 per bottle that captures the greatness of the 2009 vintage. Consider this the steal of the vintage.  Drink now-2018.  (92)