In a nutshell:
Deep, dark and powerful Côte Rôtie from the northern Rhône.
Côte Rôtie divides into 2 distinct slopes, the Côtes Blonde and Brune. This cuvée is made from younger vines grown on the lighter white sandy (hence 'Blonde') soils of the Côtes Blonde. 'Fortis' is Latin for strong, brave, vigorous and valiant which is quite apt for this particular wine. Dark red in colour, this is a stylish and powerful wine with complex aromas of cherry fruit, black pepper, sweet spice, pontefract cake and violets. Seductive and sweet, it imparts rich, concentrated berry flavours. Extremely fine with rounded, supple tannins and a long and silky finish.
When to drink:
One of the pinnacles of northern Rhône Syrah it's made to go with rich recipes like venison, duck breast, or with ripe cheeses.