Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Fortia History, Overview

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. Chateau Fortia was one of the larger vineyards in the region by the mid to late 1800’s. The property takes its name from the founder of the estate, the Marquis de Fortia.

However, it took almost 150 years for the name of the property to recognize its creator. What we know of today as Chateau Fortia was a working winery starting in at least the early 1800’s. During early those days, Chateau Fortia increased its size with additional purchases.

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.

Chateau Fortia Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Located not far from the Chateauneuf du Pape village the 30 hectare vineyard is planted to grapes to produce both red and white wine. 2.5 hectares are devoted for white Chateauneuf du Pape, while the remaining 27.5 hectares are used for the production of red wine.

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 produces 3 red wines and 1 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.

Chateau Fortia Tradition is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. The wine is aged for an average of 16 months in old foudres. Production is close to 3,500 cases per vintage.

Chateau Fortia La Cuvee du Baron made its debut in 2001. The wine is blend of 50% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. The wine is aged for an average of 16 months in old foudres. On average, close to 4,000 cases are produced each year.

Chateau Fortia Cuvee Reserve was produced for the first time with the 2006 vintage. The grapes used for the wine are from the estate’s oldest vines. The wine is produced from one of the highest portions of Syrah used in Chateauneuf du Pape at 85%.

The remainder of the blend is often 15% Mourvedre. 90 % of the grapes are destemmed. The wine is aged in old oak foudres. Not much of this wine is produced. Production hovers at close to 350 cases per year.

Chateau Fortia Blanc is a blend of 60% Clairette, 30% Roussanne and 10% Grenache Blanc. The production is close to 900 cases per year.

When to Drink Chateau Fortia, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

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 might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Fortia is usually better 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.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Fortia with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Chateau Fortia is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Fortia is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, barbecue, sausage and cassoulet. Chateau Fortia is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant, cheese and tomatoes.

The white wine of Chateau Fortia is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

While the wines of Chateau Fortia in more recent vintages have clearly been improving, perhaps the best vintages from the famous estate were produced in the 1970’s. If well stored, they are definitely worth taking a look at.

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Château Fortia Wine Tasting Notes

26 Vintages 56,947 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2021
90
Juicy kirsch, sweet, cherries, licorice, pepper, and underbrush notes open the wine before you get to its core of fresh, sweet, spicy, earthy, red fruits. Supple in texture, with a kick of white pepper on the backend, this is going to be nice to enjoy on release, and for at least a decade after that. The wine is produced from a blend of close to equal parts Grenache, and Mourvedre with about 10% Syrah. Drink from 2024-2031.

Juicy kirsch, sweet, cherries, licorice, pepper, and underbrush notes open the wine before you get to its core of fresh, sweet, spicy, earthy, red fruits. Supple in texture, with a kick of white pepper on the backend, this is going to be nice to enjoy on release, and for at least a decade after that. The wine is produced from a blend of close to equal parts Grenache, and Mourvedre with about 10% Syrah. Drink from 2024-2031.

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2020
92
Flowers, strawberry, peppery black raspberries and spics greet you in the initial sniff and sip. Medium-bodied, vibrant, chewy and forward, this will be a gem to start drinking early in life. The wine is made from a blend of about 50% Grenache and a large portion of Syrah and Mourvedre. Drink from 2023-2033.

Flowers, strawberry, peppery black raspberries and spics greet you in the initial sniff and sip. Medium-bodied, vibrant, chewy and forward, this will be a gem to start drinking early in life. The wine is made from a blend of about 50% Grenache and a large portion of Syrah and Mourvedre. Drink from 2023-2033.

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2020
90
Light, energetic and elegant, the wine is fresh, spicy and focused on its kirsch and herb-tinted, kirsch core of fruits. The wine is produced from a blend close to equal parts Grenache, and Mourvedre with about 10% Syrah. Drink from 2023-2031.

Light, energetic and elegant, the wine is fresh, spicy and focused on its kirsch and herb-tinted, kirsch core of fruits. The wine is produced from a blend close to equal parts Grenache, and Mourvedre with about 10% Syrah. Drink from 2023-2031.

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2019
94
Produced from 100% old vine Grenache, this beauty kicks off with savory herbs, dried red fruits, flowers, licorice, crushed rock and kirsch notes before moving on to the ripe, sweet, energetic, blast of silky kirsch and wild strawberry fruits on the palate and in the chewy, fruit-filled finish. I like the intensity that carries through to the finish. Drink from 2023 - 2037

Produced from 100% old vine Grenache, this beauty kicks off with savory herbs, dried red fruits, flowers, licorice, crushed rock and kirsch notes before moving on to the ripe, sweet, energetic, blast of silky kirsch and wild strawberry fruits on the palate and in the chewy, fruit-filled finish. I like the intensity that carries through to the finish. Drink from 2023 - 2037

1,056 Views   Tasted
2019
93
Meaty with loads of pepper, flowers and spice, the wine is juicy and fresh, with the perfect kick of sweet, crisp, kirsch on the mid-palate which carries through to the finish. Drink from 2024 - 2037

Meaty with loads of pepper, flowers and spice, the wine is juicy and fresh, with the perfect kick of sweet, crisp, kirsch on the mid-palate which carries through to the finish. Drink from 2024 - 2037

1,861 Views   Tasted
2019
91
The Mourvedre adds a fabulous degree of peppery spices and grilled meat to the nose here. Long, chewy, fresh and sweet, the finish serves up loads of dark red fruits, along with sweet, fresh kirsch with a peppery kick in the endnote. Drink from 2024 - 2034

The Mourvedre adds a fabulous degree of peppery spices and grilled meat to the nose here. Long, chewy, fresh and sweet, the finish serves up loads of dark red fruits, along with sweet, fresh kirsch with a peppery kick in the endnote. Drink from 2024 - 2034

1,573 Views   Tasted
2018
91
The Syrah and Mourvedre add a strong pepper, floral, grilled meat note to the perfume. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, soft and fresh when a nice blast of kirsch and herbs in the finish.

The Syrah and Mourvedre add a strong pepper, floral, grilled meat note to the perfume. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, soft and fresh when a nice blast of kirsch and herbs in the finish.

1,780 Views   Tasted
2018
90
Medium-bodied, soft, floral and with a nice sweetness to the kirsch, texturally, the wine is elegant with a touch of olives, pepper and herbs in the cherry filled finish. This should be ready to drink on release.

Medium-bodied, soft, floral and with a nice sweetness to the kirsch, texturally, the wine is elegant with a touch of olives, pepper and herbs in the cherry filled finish. This should be ready to drink on release.

1,071 Views   Tasted
2017
93
Floral and pepper red fruits pop in the nose. The wine is fresh, meaty, juicy and long on the palate with loads of dark, peppery, black raspberries and olives in the finish. The wine is made from 85% old vine Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.

Floral and pepper red fruits pop in the nose. The wine is fresh, meaty, juicy and long on the palate with loads of dark, peppery, black raspberries and olives in the finish. The wine is made from 85% old vine Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.

1,350 Views   Tasted
2017
90
Peppery black raspberries, spice, and tannins greet you in the initial sip. Medium-bodied, this is going to require some time in the bottle to soften and better come together. The wine is made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.

Peppery black raspberries, spice, and tannins greet you in the initial sip. Medium-bodied, this is going to require some time in the bottle to soften and better come together. The wine is made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.

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2017
89
Peppery, earthy and filled with loads of Herbs de Provence, with a background note of wood, the wine is classic, juicy and with time, should be an even better experience. The wine is made from 45% Grenache, 45% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah.

Peppery, earthy and filled with loads of Herbs de Provence, with a background note of wood, the wine is classic, juicy and with time, should be an even better experience. The wine is made from 45% Grenache, 45% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah.

2,478 Views   Tasted
2016
94
Pepper, smoked meat and red fruits are the first things you note before moving on to the layers of sweet, lush, red fruits and spice on the palate. There is intensity and purity with a strong garrigue note in the ripe finish. The wine is made from 80% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre.

Pepper, smoked meat and red fruits are the first things you note before moving on to the layers of sweet, lush, red fruits and spice on the palate. There is intensity and purity with a strong garrigue note in the ripe finish. The wine is made from 80% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre.

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2016
92
Stony, spicy and peppery, the wine is full bodied and dark in color as well as in the fruit it offers. There is density and volume with freshness in the mineral driven finish. Give this some time in the bottle. The wine is made from a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.

Stony, spicy and peppery, the wine is full bodied and dark in color as well as in the fruit it offers. There is density and volume with freshness in the mineral driven finish. Give this some time in the bottle. The wine is made from a blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.

2,218 Views   Tasted
2016
90
The spicy notes from the Mouvedre and depth and backbone from the Syrah bring the Grenache home. Medium bodied and fresh with a stony character the finish, this is the best Fortia tradition I can remember tasting in ages. The wine is made from 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 25% Syrah.

The spicy notes from the Mouvedre and depth and backbone from the Syrah bring the Grenache home. Medium bodied and fresh with a stony character the finish, this is the best Fortia tradition I can remember tasting in ages. The wine is made from 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 25% Syrah.

1,327 Views   Tasted
2015
91
Meaty, peppery, almost robust styled wine, built around its spicy kirsch, herb and olive, structured character. Produced from a blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 15% Mourvedre, it will take at least 5 years or more years in the cellar before it's fun to drink.

Meaty, peppery, almost robust styled wine, built around its spicy kirsch, herb and olive, structured character. Produced from a blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 15% Mourvedre, it will take at least 5 years or more years in the cellar before it's fun to drink.

3,347 Views   Tasted
2013
88
Medium bodied, with dark, red, peppery fruits and freshness to the spicy finish. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mouvedre is the blend.

Medium bodied, with dark, red, peppery fruits and freshness to the spicy finish. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mouvedre is the blend.

1,936 Views   Tasted
2013
88
Soft and focused on its cherry filled charms, the wine is sweet, fresh and spicy. Made from blending 70% Grenache, 18% Syrah and 12% Mouvedre.

Soft and focused on its cherry filled charms, the wine is sweet, fresh and spicy. Made from blending 70% Grenache, 18% Syrah and 12% Mouvedre.

1,715 Views   Tasted
2013
87
From a whopping 80% Syrah, with the remainder of the blend taken up with Mourvedre, the wine is peppery, fresh, spicy and tannic.

From a whopping 80% Syrah, with the remainder of the blend taken up with Mourvedre, the wine is peppery, fresh, spicy and tannic.

3,269 Views   Tasted
2012
90
Ripe kirsch, freshenss and spice continue into the peppery, cherry finish. From a blend of 44% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre.

Ripe kirsch, freshenss and spice continue into the peppery, cherry finish. From a blend of 44% Grenache, 44% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre.

2,136 Views   Tasted
2012
88
Earthy in its essence, everything is correct and in the right place, but there is a lack of excitement in this 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah blend.

Earthy in its essence, everything is correct and in the right place, but there is a lack of excitement in this 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah blend.

2,200 Views   Tasted
2011
89
Bright, fresh, herbaceous red fruits and a crisp red cherry finish. The wine was produced from a blend featuring a whopping 44% Syrah, 44% Grenache and 12% Mourvedre.

Bright, fresh, herbaceous red fruits and a crisp red cherry finish. The wine was produced from a blend featuring a whopping 44% Syrah, 44% Grenache and 12% Mourvedre.

4,163 Views   Tasted
2011
88
Light ruby in hue, this medium bodied, earthy, cherry dominated wine is already open and ready to drink.

Light ruby in hue, this medium bodied, earthy, cherry dominated wine is already open and ready to drink.

1,680 Views   Tasted
2010
90
From a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, this is one of the heaviest concentrations of Syrah in Chateauneuf du Pape. This concentrated wine offers sauvage aromas, soil, barnyard, plum and earth along with meat or beef blood. This traditionally styled wine ends with a long finish.

From a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre, this is one of the heaviest concentrations of Syrah in Chateauneuf du Pape. This concentrated wine offers sauvage aromas, soil, barnyard, plum and earth along with meat or beef blood. This traditionally styled wine ends with a long finish.

3,323 Views   Tasted
2010
85
Strong barnyard aromas that reminded me more of Mr. Ed's stable than wine, it took a while to move past the animal scents to find black cherries and earth. The wine has depth, and some people are going to like it a lot more than I did, but the only way this was going to rock my boat, was if I was going to sea in an Ark. It's a shame because Fortia was one of the better Chateauneuf du Pape wines during the 1970's.

Strong barnyard aromas that reminded me more of Mr. Ed's stable than wine, it took a while to move past the animal scents to find black cherries and earth. The wine has depth, and some people are going to like it a lot more than I did, but the only way this was going to rock my boat, was if I was going to sea in an Ark. It's a shame because Fortia was one of the better Chateauneuf du Pape wines during the 1970's.

2,087 Views   Tasted
2003
92
Fully mature, this rich, full bodied, concentrated Chateauneuf du Pape is filled with ripe, jammy cherries and fresh, strawberries. Lush, and lusty, 2003 Fortia is drinking in its sweet spot today.

Fully mature, this rich, full bodied, concentrated Chateauneuf du Pape is filled with ripe, jammy cherries and fresh, strawberries. Lush, and lusty, 2003 Fortia is drinking in its sweet spot today.

2,678 Views   Tasted
1970
85
1970 Forita was old, tired and running out of steam. Perhaps other bottles are better. Being my last bottle, I was happy to have shared it with my friends. I've had better bottles. But if this bottle was correct, it's not a wine I would buy in today's marketplace.

1970 Forita was old, tired and running out of steam. Perhaps other bottles are better. Being my last bottle, I was happy to have shared it with my friends. I've had better bottles. But if this bottle was correct, it's not a wine I would buy in today's marketplace.

3,395 Views   Tasted
Murky, ruby in color. Jammy, wild strawberry with cherries, beef blood and leafy aromatics started off the perfume. Not many Chateauneuf du Papes will be better at twenty than they were at ten, but at 40, the 1970 Fortia throws out all the rules. In the mouth, thick layers of red and black peppery, ripe fruit and plums with a minor hint of sweet and sour fill your palate with flavor. I doubt this will improve, but who cares at this stage of the game?

Murky, ruby in color. Jammy, wild strawberry with cherries, beef blood and leafy aromatics started off the perfume. Not many Chateauneuf du Papes will be better at twenty than they were at ten, but at 40, the 1970 Fortia throws out all the rules. In the mouth, thick layers of red and black peppery, ripe fruit and plums with a minor hint of sweet and sour fill your palate with flavor. I doubt this will improve, but who cares at this stage of the game?

3,618 Views   Tasted