Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvée Du Baron 2019

The Vintage

In 2019, the climate was very dry and hot during the growth of the vine. As a result, the harvest began very early in the season with grapes showing excellent health, thick skins and intense colors.

The reds with aromas of ripe fruit, raspberries with a slight touch of mint present a beautiful minerality. On the palate, the tannins are elegant and well concentrated. This vintage shows signs of a long aging potential.

 Château Fortia is not a winery that chases good press on a whim. These are consistent, classic wines that faithfully represent the region’s terroir year after year. The Cuvée du Baron, which combines 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre, was created in the memory of the Domaine’s founder, Baron Le Roy de Boiseau Marie. The wine was first released in 2001.

 The wine went through a long, cool fermentation in small lots by varietal, then aged 18 months in old oak foudres prior to bottling. Deep garnet-purple in color, this is a wine with a dense, complex nose and notes of plum and cassis and garrigue on a medium-bodied palate. This is a wine you can enjoy now or cellar for several years.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red color with purple reflections. The very first nose is very mineral: ink, schist. Then with aeration, all the dark fruitiness develops: ripe blackcurrant, cherry jam, bay leaf and Espelette pepper. The palate is remarkably balanced, with great density but elegant. The sweetness softens the tannic sensations, the mineral tension tightens the wine to infuse it with beautiful energy. The tannins are voluminous but very silky. Very persistent. Notes of black fruits, olive, graphite at the end.

Lighea 2018

An unforgettable aromatic Mediterranean, fruit of heroic viticulture

Food & Wine

Ideal with seafood, baked pasta in white sauce, and fried fish.


Sicilia Doc Zibibbo


Contessa Entellina Estate

Production Zone

Grapes produced on the island of Pantelleria (south-western Sicily)

Terrains and Climate

Altitude from 65 to 1,312 ft. a.sl.; orography typically volcanic, with terrains mainly cultivated on terraces. Soils sandy, originating from lava, deep and fertile, well-endowed with minerals. Mild, dry winters. Windy summers.


The vines are cultivated, in hollows, low “alberello” style. The training method “alberello pantesco” has been listed as UNESCO world heritage as a “creative and sustainable” practice.


The Zibibbo harvest at Donnafugata traditionally continues for about 4 weeks, in the 14 districts where the winery has its vineyards that differ for altitude, exposure, proximity to or distance from the sea.


Fermentation took place in stainless steel at a temperature of 56-61°F. Aging in tanks for 2 months and at least 3 months in bottle.

Art Label

“From the disheveled tresses the color of the sun, seawater flowed over the green, wide-open eyes.” Thus Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa describes Lighea, the bewitching mermaid and principal figure in his novel. She has inspired the creation of a complex and innovative wine.