So pleased to announce we will be taking guests to visit this Chateauneuf du Pape estate on our tours this yea. Fortia is one of the really important historic estates of the appellation: wine was made here going back to the 14th century but the estate really came to prominence in the 18th century. In the 1920’s the estate was owned by Baron Pierre le Roy , a lawyer and decorated 1st world war pilot. Le Roy is locally famous for being the architect of the AOC system in France - Chateauneuf du Pape under his guidance becoming the very first AOC in 1936. Today the estate is run by descendents of the Baron and is producing some very fine wines based on may tastings there this morning- three red cuvées, Tradition, “Cuvée de Baron” and the top red “Reserve” - this a super Syrah/Mourvedre cuvée without wood ageing to preserve the character of the fruit and the terroir - delicious when young but definitely a keeper. A white CDP with increasing Roussanne content is also produced. Looking forward to those visits.