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2020 Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé: Provence, France

$15.00

Tasting Notes

Provence is best known for its bold reds and crisp rosé wines, and this rosé is definitely one that delivers! It greets you with freshly cut watermelon, ripe peach aromas, lychee fruit and floral notes that lead to a palate alive with wild strawberries and hints of mineral notes. Crisp acidity and a refreshing finish. This wine is the PERFECT crowd pleaser for gatherings and picnics (or to hold onto just for yourself because its THAT yummy!!) It pairs well with a wide range of foods such as a Provençal salad, Grilled burgers with Manchego cheese, or fresh seafood dishes. You really can't go wrong.

Winery Details

The 290 hectare Estate of Chateau Routas is nestled between the old town elegance of Aix-en-Provence, and the white sand beaches that line the Gulf de Saint Tropez. An altitude of 350 meters provides cooler nights contributing to wines that combine both freshness and grape complexity.

In 2005 Sir David Murray & family took ownership, ushering in a new era for Chateau Routas.

The sustainable farmed estate abounds in the agricultural diversity that is key to vine health. The 290 hectares encompass wheat fields and olive trees, and black truffles stud the earth. Red poppies give way to brilliant yellow sunflowers, and in the fall, the surrounding forests yield abundant mushrooms-cepes (porcini), fragile girolles, and morels. Helpful insects play their part in keeping the vines disease-free.

The terrain is punctuated by a stunning geological anomaly, the 270 meter-deep Infernet Hole (Devil’s Hole), a canyon thought to have been created by a meteor collision. The hole is a favourite refuge of the local wild boars, which are unfortunately, a little too fond of the Chateau Routas grapes!

As in all the best properties, the Chateau Routas soil varies dramatically, resulting in small vineyards that are often unusually shaped. Some plots are red as crushed brick, while others are of crumbly grey limestone mixed with bright red stones that bleach in the hot summer sun. The elevation is among Provence’s highest, providing cool nights that slow the ripening of the grapes, contributing complexity, and dictating harvests that are up to a month later than those nearer the coast.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Château Routas

Grape(s): 46% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Rosé, dry

Origin: Coteaux Varois en Provence, Provence, France

Vinification: Sustainable farming practices. The grape varietals are harvested separately, destemmed, and then go directly into the press bladder. Maceration occurs for the next few hours. This time allows cold settling to be complete before inoculation of selected yeasts. The grape varietals are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the blending of the rosé cuvée takes place followed by two or three racking’s to ensure the new wine is crystal clear. The wine is then bottled in January.

Aging: Aged in stainless steel.

% ABV: 13%