Château Fortia is not a winery that chases good press on a whim. These are consistent, classic wines that faithfully represent the region’s terroir year after year. The Cuvée du Baron, which combines 45% Syrah with 40% Grenache, and 15% Mourvedre, was created in the memory of the Domaine’s founder, Baron Le Roy de Boiseaumarie. The wine was first released in 2001.
The wine went through a long, cool fermentation in small lots by varietal, then aged 18 months in old oak foudres prior to bottling. Deep garnet-purple in colour, this is a wine with a dense, complex nose and notes of plum and cassis and garrigue on a medium-bodied palate.
“Deep ruby. Aromas of dried cherry, cassis, smoked meat, leather and lavender take on a peppery nuance with aeration. Taut and focused on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering sappy dark berry and floral pastille flavours and a touch of cured meat. Closes spicy and quite long, delivering mounting tannins, a touch of licorice and very good energy. This one isn’t for the faint of palate or for those who demand squeaky-clean wine.”
(89-91) points, Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, March 2017
“Tasting very similar to the classic cuvée, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Du Baron (40% Grenache 45% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre) is medium ruby-colored and surprisingly mid-weight by this cuvée’s standards. Cherries, garrigue, peppery herbs and leather all emerge from this medium-bodied, charming wine.”
(88-90) points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2016