Grape Variety: 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache & 20% Syrah
Growing Region: Coteaux Varois en Provence, France
Chief Winemaker: Jean-Louis Bavay

Château Routas reputation for crafting quality Provençal wines continues to grow under the Murray family stewardship - who bought the estate in 2005. Today Keith Murray manages the business, working with Jean-Louis Bavay and Philippe Saraciva their talented 'vineyard manager' - who produce this refreshing rosé. The location and setting of Routas is spectacular; right in the heart of Provence, halfway from the French Riviera and the Alps.

 

I have had the pleasure of being involved with the family and this estate since the transition. And this past European summer, in July I again visited the winery to sit down with Jean-Louis, Philippe and Grahame Haggart (aka Haggie) - and talk through the season, vinification and look at the final blend in bottle.
The past 3 vintages if this rosé have finally been receiving the recognition and success their hard work and the wine rightly deserves. With the 2011 vintage; winning a trophy at the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards. Routas is arguably producing the region’s best expression of rosé - respecting the varietals used, producing a versatile and exciting rosé wine.
Once deemed physiologically ripe, each grape parcel was picked separately with the grapes de-stemmed, cooled and gently pressed. The juice remained on their skins for approximately 24 hours. After a brief maceration, 8% of the Syrah juice went into used oak barrels for primary and malolactic fermentation. The Cinsault, Grenache and remaining Syrah juice were fermented at a controlled cool temperature in stainless steel tanks, and without any malolactic fermentation. The two different wine lots were aged separately for about 3 months, tasted and then back-blended prior to bottling.
In your glass you will be greeted by a coral pink, salmon colour. On the nose you will have lifted wild strawberries, floral notes, along with freshly cut watermelon and white peach aromas. These notes carry through onto the palate which is alive with pink grapefruit, raspberry and strawberries flavours and subtle mineral notes. All of these characters are well balanced with crisp acidity and a clean refreshing dry finish. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

A Provençal summer sunset in a bottle.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and will age gracefully for another 12-18 months. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with sushi, prawns, scallops, salmon, or with fresh strawberries and melon sorbet and plenty of sunshine, enjoy.