November 9, 2019 - Similar to my prior note. Lovely clear ruby in the glass. Moderately complex nose of cherries, garrigue, tar, and some smoke. Rather Burgundy-like on the palate with lovely balance of fruit and tannin. All in all a nice if not exciting drink. Had a bit too much garrigue tonight for my preference.
October 23, 2019 - 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tasting at Winetasters of Toronto Club (North York Memorial Hall): The half-bottle of 2007 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron was badly oxidised. Pungent volatile vinegar masked all other aromas, and the acidity was too high to access. It echoed the common belief that small-format bottles did not age well, and were prone to oxidation.
My personal rank for this wine was the seventh out of eight, and the table rank was the eighth.
The blend composed of 50% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, aged 16 months in old foudres. The annual production was 4,000 cases.
Château Fortia played a significant historical role in the formation of the first AOC in France, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in 1936, as Baron Pierre le Roy of Château Fortia laid down the foundation by setting the minimal alcohol requirement and permitted varietals in his wines.
March 2, 2019 - Nose full of ripe and dried fruit. Some leather as well. Giving little on the nose initially. Palate is really nice. Lots of concentrated candied fruit. A powerful and complex wine.
January 1, 2019 - Drank this at the 2018 TIARI Wine Mixer alongside 2009 Teyssier, 2005 Fombrauge, 2007 Fleur Cardinal, 2005 LA Croix St. George. I preferred this out of the bunch, but some of the other tasters preferred the Fombrauge and the Croix St. George. This wine turned around since my last tasting at an unbelievable rate. Upon opening there was some melon on the nose with nectar. The pallet was silky with lush red fruit along with some nectar and honeyed sweetness. As the night went on the sweetness and the honey kept getting stronger. The nose continued to show perfume, honeyed sweetness, melon (perhaps cantaloupe), and nectar. The pallet evolved to thick concentrated fruit (in a good way) nectar and pruned fruit. This turned out to be an unbelievable wine. 94 points! Amazing.
December 1, 2018 - Clear ruby-garnet with little, if any bricking. Rather subdued but otherwise elegant, balanced, and complex nose of garrique, red fruit, some leather, herbs, and freshly-cut wood. Very nicely balanced, if rather light, on the palate with flavors that echo the aroma and a palpable completeness and balance that were striking. On the whole the wine lacks some intensity and body that I would otherwise expect from a CdP in a good year but the overall grace of the wine was noteworthy. Purchased on release and stored in my cellar since.
April 24, 2018 - Dark red. Smoky berry fruit nose, developing some mineral notes. Tasty warm berry and earth flavours and a dry finish.
Bought for around $40 can, held for almost a decade and it ends up about as good as a decent Cotes du Rhone.
April 22, 2018 - Aromas of blackcurrant bush, like in a Chilean Cabarnet, in addition to some port wine resemblance. Lacks elegance and some concentration.
March 11, 2017 - Surprisingly light red. Sweet ripe purple fuit a bit roasted at first then becomes more blackberry. Zero earth or mineral or garrigue. Tastes a little better then the nose. Very tannic without much acid.
Better then a St Cosme Gigondas from 07 that we had earlier in the week, but is another train wreck from the "Vintage of the Century".
One thing I have learned about the Southern Rhone is to stick to great producers in cool years.
January 17, 2017 - Châteauenuf-du-Pape 2007 - ten years after (chez moi): When you know what this is, it is not very difficult to pick up; rich, yet stony, cool style, not bad at all, this cuvee seems to be doing well in rich vintages. Years to go, but again, this is trying quite hard. Alcohol, as is the case with many of its peers, seems even stronger on day 2
October 2, 2016 - This has a lot going for it; in spite of the year, it has a cool feel, albeit also a hints of green stalks, that could also be the resultat of the weather. But first and foremost, it is a classic neuf, well balanced, full bodied, with the fat of the land showing through, sweetness, garrigue et al, but in a civilized way. Will live 5+ years with no effort, might even improve and become more complex. #WeehawkenStreet#Election2016