2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château Fortia "Cuvée Baron" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1046364

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Alluring bouquet of fresh red berries, kirsch, minerals and rose. Elegant, delineated red fruit flavors are firmed by tangy minerals and framed by dusty tannins. Becomes spicier on the focused, long finish. This will age on its balance." (Jan/Feb '09) 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. Medium-plus intensity. Deep, dark berried fruits accompanied by subtle hints of earth, spice and gamy notes. Medium-plus bodied, with medium, ripe tannins and fine underlying acidity. A very nice, elegant example of the vintage, with ripe fruit, but no signs of sur-maturite. (Mulan Chan, K&L Wine Merchants) Chateau Fortia has sealed its reputation as one of the most influential estates in the history of French wine as well as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It was the Baron Pierre Le Roy de Boiseumarie, a family member who owned the Chateau at the turn of the 20th century, who organized a syndicate of growers to institute a series of strict regulations for the appellation, including delimited area of production, authorized varietals, methods of cultivation and vinification, and minimum alcohol levels. This self-imposed charter became the basis for France's appellation controlee (A.O.C.) system. Today, the domaine is upholding its lofty standards, producing wines of character and elegance, all the while garnering more converts with each vintage. ETA for this wine is late fall 2009.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape