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Wine Gallery, CA USD 34.99 750ml

Chateauneuf Cuvee du Baron Chateau Fortia 2003

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Fortia is the historic estate run by Baron Le Roy, whose grandfather was the founder of the appellation laws in France. He seems to have done better in 2003 than in 2004. I have had some stunning bottles of the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron, but at other times have had bottles that seem to be slightly less concentrated and more diffuse. I donrsquo;t know whether there are different bottlings. The finest bottles (and they are superb) may well be the best wines Fortia has made in over 20 years, deep ruby/plum/purple with a gorgeously sweet nose of a spring flower garden interwoven with licorice, blackberry, sweet cherries, and plums bordering on figs. The wine is opulent, medium to full-bodied, with silky tannin, heady glycerin, plenty of richness and length, and a voluptuous finish. When it is not at its best, it seems to lack a mid-palate, but best bottles represent potentially the finest Fortia made in many years. The top bottles should drink well for 10ndash;12 years.

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Color: Red
Variety: Rhône Blend
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External Reviews for Chateauneuf Cuvee du Baron Chateau Fortia

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Fortia is the historic estate run by Baron Le Roy, whose grandfather was the founder of the appellation laws in France. He seems to have done better in 2003 than in 2004. I have had some stunning bottles of the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron, but at other times have had bottles that seem to be slightly less concentrated and more diffuse. I donrsquo;t know whether there are different bottlings. The finest bottles (and they are superb) may well be the best wines Fortia has made in over 20 years, deep ruby/plum/purple with a gorgeously sweet nose of a spring flower garden interwoven with licorice, blackberry, sweet cherries, and plums bordering on figs. The wine is opulent, medium to full-bodied, with silky tannin, heady glycerin, plenty of richness and length, and a voluptuous finish. When it is not at its best, it seems to lack a mid-palate, but best bottles represent potentially the finest Fortia made in many years. The top bottles should drink well for 10ndash;12 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Packed with bramble, tar, red currant, licorice and cocoa, this muscular Chateauneuf gives way to briary tannins and smoke. Big, fruit-packed finish. Equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Best from 2006 through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This is hallowed territory, the home of Baron Roy, who created the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, the first in France. His family still possesses the 25-acre property, and makes great wines. This 2003 is traditional in style, with dark tannins over spicy, jammy fruit and ripeness. This, as is usual from Fortia, is a wine that will age well.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuveacute;e du Baron boasts a gloriously perfumed nose of acacia flowers, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and hints of licorice as well as incense. Full-bodied, with tremendous intensity, purity, glycerin, and alcohol, it should drink well young (because of low acidity and high glycerin/alcohol), but evolve for 10ndash;15+ years.



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