Chateau Fortia

Owners. The heirs of Baron le Roy de Boiseaumarie
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


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...''

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.


Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition
2016: 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah og 10% Mourvedre.
Aged in foudres for 18-24 months. 

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée du Baron
2016: 45% Grenache, 45% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre.
Aged in foudres for 12-18 month. 

Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve
2016: 80% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre.Matured in for 12 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvée Edmée le Roy 
2018: 60% Roussanne, 30% Clairette, 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

Two girls play inportant roles at Fortia. Anna Olejnik is sales manager, an Sandra Rochel is technical manager (vineyards and cellar). She got a gold medal for
2016 Tradition. Of course Mr. Pastre in the end make the decisions. Both fotos are from the domain's Instagram

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