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% Grenache, 35% Syrah 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.
“Shimmering crimson. Intensely perfumed, mineral- and spice-accented red berry preserve and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up a hint of incense with air. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering juicy raspberry liqueur and candied lavender flavours that display alluring sweetness and seamless texture. Finishes with solid, spicy thrust, harmonious tannins and an emphatic echo of ripe red fruit.”
(93-94) points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Dec 2019
“The foudre and tank-aged 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre. There’s a leathery note on the nose, which adds a welcome savoury note to the ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, rich and silky-textured, it finishes warm and generous. Drink it anytime over the next decade.”
(92-94) points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Aug 2019
“More kirsch, black cherries, garrigue, cracked pepper, and violets emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Du Baron, which displays a slightly more classic Grenache character, medium to full body, terrific purity, and a great finish. It’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade. This cuvée is 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre, brought up in a mix of foudre and tank.”
(91-93) points, JebDunnuck.com, Aug 2019