LCBO Vintages Release
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 50% Syrah with 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, was created in the memory of the Domaine’s founder, Baron Le Roy de Boiseaumarie. The wine was first released in 2001. Must went through a long, cool fermentation by varietal. The wine aged 18 months in old oak foudres prior to bottling and release. 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.
“Ripe and flattering, with a silky texture to the layers of boysenberry and raspberry fruit, liberally inlaid with red licorice and roasted apple wood notes. The long finish lets a violet hint check in. This should unwind pleasantly. Best from 2016 through 2024. 3,000 cases made.”
92 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2015
“Dark ruby. Smoke-accented cherry, dark berries and cured meat on the deeply scented nose. Lush and open-knit, offering sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavours and a hint of cracked pepper. Game and candied lavender qualities linger on the finish, which features velvety tannins and a sweetening touch of cola. On the slightly wild side, but in a good way.”
90 points, Josh Reynolds, vinous.com, April 2016
“In the same style as the classic cuvée, yet with more garrigue, exotic spice and pepper, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée du Baron has lots of Syrah in the blend (more than normal, no doubt due to the horrible shatter that occurred with the Grenache) and checks in as a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre. Aged 18 months in old foudre, it doesn’t have the depth of a top vintage, but it does have plenty of charm in its medium-bodied, polished and Provençal style. I suspect it will drink nicely on release and hold for a decade.”
(87-89) points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2016