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2003 Fortia - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron Rhone Blend - France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape - Red

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape

Red Rhone Blend
Score
90
WA 92
IWC 91
WS 91
Drink Dates
Comm: 2005-2019 WA: 2006-2018 WS: 2006-2020
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IWC 91
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 124

($35) Dark red. Earthy on the nose, with suggestions of cherry preserves, spice cake and dark molasses. Broad and lush in texture, with an expansive quality to the dark berry and cherry flavors. Picks up a truffley, sassafras tone on sweet, velvety, long finish.

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WA 92
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 163
Drink Dates 2006-2018

I have had some stunning bottles of the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron, but at other times have had bottles that seem to be slightly less concentrated and more diffuse. I don't know whether there are different bottlings. The finest bottles (and they are superb) may well be the best wines Fortia has made in over 20 years, deep ruby/plum/purple with a gorgeously sweet nose of a spring flower garden interwoven with licorice, blackberry, sweet cherries, and plums bordering on figs. The wine is opulent, medium to full-bodied, with silky tannin, heady glycerin, plenty of richness and length, and a voluptuous finish. When it is not at its best, it seems to lack a mid-palate, but best bottles represent potentially the finest Fortia made in many years. The top bottles should drink well for 10-12 years.

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WS 91
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2006-2020

Packed with bramble, tar, red currant, licorice and cocoa, this muscular Chateauneuf gives way to briary tannins and smoke. Big, fruit-packed finish. Equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.3,750 cases made.

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Author RDV
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.826%
Tasted On 11/01/2010
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Author Conrad K
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.372%
Tasted On 01/01/2009
Drink Dates 2007-2020

Big nose of creme de casis which also resonates on the palate. The wine is young but drinking nicely. It can only get better.

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Author Jeffrey S840
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.667%
Tasted On 01/07/2007
Drink Dates 2004-2019
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