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

I have had the pleasure to be involved with Château Routas for over a decade now. Château Routas is situated at the center of the Coteaux Varois en Provence, about an hour drive north of Bandol. Varois is gaining recognition as a serious wine region through the efforts of quality focused wineries like Château Routas. The sustainable wine-growing estate has 260 hectares encompassing vineyards, wheat fields, olive trees.

 

And in the fall, the surrounding forest yield abundant mushrooms and even black truffles. The surrounding natural forest is also a favourite refuge to the local wild boars, which unfortunately are a little too fond of the ripe grapes. At 400m above sea level, the elevation is among the appellation's highest, providing cool nights which slows the ripening of the grapes, contributing complexity and shaping harvests that can be up to a month later than those nearby.
The fruit for this rosé came from several plots across the estate, as vineyards come of age they are selected for the quality they can give to the cuvée, with the vines having an average age of around 15 years.
As the individual parcels of fruit come into the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, cooled as required and pressed. The juice and the skins remain in contact for up to 24 hours. After this brief maceration, a small parcel of the Syrah juice goes directly into used oak barrels for primary and malolactic fermentation. The Cinsault, Grenache and remaining Syrah juice are fermented in stainless steel tanks, with no malolactic fermentation. The different wine parcels are aged separately, and then carefully blended prior to bottling and resting for up to 3 months before release.
As you pour this 2015 Château Routas Rosé - it displays a bright, coral salmon colour in the glass accompanied by aromas of freshly cut watermelon and subtle tangerine skins. All of these notes and characters carry onto the silky palate which is alive with wild early summer strawberries, along with pink grapefruit and an entwined mineral seam. This rosé’s palate is engaging and perfectly balanced by natural crisp fruit acidity resulting in a lively and refreshing classic dry finish.
This 2015 Château Routas 'Rouvière' Rosé has 13% Alc. Chill gently and serve in an appropriate aromatic wine glass at 8-10°C.  

Château Routas Rouvière Rosé is the quintessential French Rosé.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly this summer season; and over the next 12-18 months. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with sushi & sashimi, prawns, salmon salads or with strawberries, raspberries and melon sorbet and plenty of sunshine and laughter - enjoy.