Chateau Fortia

Owners. The heirs of Baron le Roy de Boiseaumarie
Director:
Pierre Pastre
Route de Sorgues, 84230 Chateauneuf du Pape.
Tel. +33 490 837 225
Direct sale: Monday-Saturday 9.00-11.30 and 14.00-17.30
Mail: fortia@terre-net.fr
Web: http://www.chateau-fortia.com
About Chateau Fortia at Wikipedia

Baron Pierre Le Roy de Boiseaumarie (1890-1967) was born in a military family in Northern France. He was educated as a lawyer but had to participate in World War I. He got several marks of honour for great courage as a pilot.
After the war in 1919 he married Melle Bernard Le Saint the owner of Chateau Fortia.
At that time the wine producers went through a critical period not only in Chateauneuf du Pape but all over France. The wine production was nearly at point zero after the war. The workers had served in the battlefields and the war economy had decreased consumption of wine. It was a period of stagnation in all sectors of the  economy.
The most visionary wine producers in Chateauneuf du Pape were aware that something had to be done to secure the reputation of their wines and to make the wine growers more independent in relation to the negociants. They decided to make Baron Pierre Le Roy de Boiseaumarie the leading figure in achieving these goals. With his military and juridical experience he was the right choice. He accepted to be the leading figure with these words: 
"I would like to on condition that you are the first to give the example of honesty and discipline...''
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The proposals from Le Roy and his fellow producers had an enormous effect on the appellation rules today - in France and all over the world.

You are only allowed to call a wine Chateauneuf du Pape if the vines are from exact bordered areas.
You must only use allowed grape varieties.
The methods in growing practise are to be controlled after specific rules.
The wine must have a minimum degree of alcohol.
Min. 5% of the wine has to be discarded.
These rules - and some more - are still valid today.
In Chateauneuf du Pape the rules are perhaps more part of the minds than in many other areas, because it was the ideas of their forefathers. It is a part of their heritage.

Today the third generation of descendants of Baron Le Roy own the property.
It works that way, that some of them are sharing a company running the building and cellars and some owns part of the fields and sell the crop to S.A.R.L Fortia.
Since 2004 Pierre Pastre has been manager. His wife Chantal is a grand child of Baron Le Roy. Until he came to Fortia he had leading positions in the big cemistry firm Hoechst.

Chateau Fortia make wines from 30 ha. AOC Chateauneuf du Pape of which 3 ha are with white varieties.

Wines

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition
2010: 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.
Aged in foudres 

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée du Baron
2010: 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.
Aged in foudres 

Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve
2010: 80% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre. Aged in foudres 

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
2011: 60% Roussanne, 30% Clairette and 10% Grenache Blanc.

 


Pierre Pastre, manager at Chateau Fortia since 2004


You can't avoid feeling a sence of the history of Chateauneuf du Pape,
 when you see the beautiful buildings at Fortia.


Bruno Le Roy was the manger of the domain until 2004 and the president of 
Federation des Syndicat des Producteurs de Chateauneuf du Pape until 2015


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