The Domain Chateau Fortia, is one of the oldest of Chateauneuf du Pape. The estate is situated in the "grenade" neighborhood where the lands are cultivated with vines since the 17th century. It is in the 19th century that Paul Antoine de Fortia, son of Hercule Paul de Fortia developed the vineyard and constructed new buildings; a notorized act of 1815 mention a castle named "la Fortiasse".
You can't help but feel the sense of the history of Chateauneuf du Pape, when you see the beautiful buildings at Fortia. Since 2016 Sandra Rochel has been the winemaker and essentially the vineyard manager at Chateau Fortia. During which time she oversaw the conversion to certified organic status for a portion of their holdings. She has broad winemaking experience, having made wine in the Rhone and even Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.
Medium ruby red color with bluish reflections. Open and pleasant nose of fresh red fruit jam (raspberry and redcurrant) and notes of sweet liquorice. Delicately spicy. The palate is full-bodied and generous, with fat and then tension. Nice volume of midpalate. The tannins are dense and fine, chiseled, and carry the wine on the finish. We find the same aromatic register of the nose. A tasty and elegant wine.
90-points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Tradition showed well, with bright, clean cherry and raspberry fruits as well as some textbook garrigue and peppery herb nuances. Medium-bodied, supple, and nicely textured, it should be another solid effort.
91-points - James Suckling
A rather elegant Chateauneuf in spite of the rich red fruit grenache character. A hint of geranium. Moderate tannins and a lively candied-citrus acidity for this context. Good length.