Chateau Fortia - Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Cuvee du Baron label
Chateau Fortia - Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Cuvee du Baron bottle

Chateau Fortia - Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Cuvee du Baron 2017

Red Wine
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Item# 11012-17

Product Ratings

Jeb Dunnuck 91-93pt

History

Chateau Fortia is one of the older estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. In fact Chateau Fortia can date itself all the way back to its humble beginnings as a Southern Rhone Valley farm in 1763. The beautiful estate continued to expand over the years. The first label displaying the Chateau Fortia name was produced in 1930. Today Chateau Fortia is owned and managed by the Le Roy family who have been in charge of the property since the early part of the 20th century. Even though most of their vines are in one large parcel, the soils are varied. They have a terroir of sand, clay, limestone and large rocks in their soil. The vineyard is planted to mostly Grenache with Syrah and a bit of Mourvedre.
Chateau Fortia is best when decanted for about 1-2 hours when young. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Their wines age very well and are usually very expressive with 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-18 years after the vintage

Vinification

Harvested entirely by hand with sorting on the plot, the bunches are delicately picked and then transported in crates in order to ensure the perfect condition of all the grapes and to avoid any oxidation. Destemmed to the tune of 90%, the grapes are then transferred to concrete or stainless steel vats. Fermentation and 4 to 5 weeks of maceration make it possible to extract all the colour and aromas from the grapes. Cask-ageing of between 18 to 24 months allows the wine to gently flourish. It is then bottled and left to rest in our ageing cellars