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2016 Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron

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September 24, 2023 - $38



94Jeb Dunnuck

...rocking aromas and flavors of garrigue, kirsch liqueur, dried flowers, and spice. Deep, medium to full-bodied, elegant and weightless on the palate...

93James Suckling

This has riper, darker berries with sweet, dark-spiced oak dressing the nose. Earthy, forest aromas, too. The palate has a smooth array of succulent, fleshy, ripe-fruit flavor,delivered in glossy tannins.

93Wine Enthusiast

This is a jubilantly fruity, concentrated wine full of succulent black-cherry and blackberry flavors. Its primary, pristine fruit quality is immediately appealing, accentuated by fine, mouthcoating tannins and a lusciously clingy mouthfeel.

92Wine Spectator

This is well-built, offering a ripe and racy feel to the mix of cassis, cherry, red licorice and singed apple wood notes. Shows lots of energy throughout, with a bright mineral streak scoring the finish. Very fresh.

91-93Vinous / IWC

Primary red and dark berry scents on the nose... Weighty, mineral-accented raspberry and bitter cherry flavors stretch out and become sweeter with aeration. Rich but vibrant as well; finishes very long and juicy, with repeating red fruit and game character and supple, harmonious tannins lending subtle grip.

90The Wine Advocate

Cherry and leather notes dominate this full-bodied, slightly chewy wine.

17+ Jancis Robinson

Dark liquorice on the nose, tough tannin and deep, dense black fruit.


France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.