2018 Chateau Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose

Year: 2018
Appellation: Coteaux Varois en Provence
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 89
James Suckling: 93
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$11.95
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NEW LOWER PRICE!...STAGGERING VALUE!!...45% CINSAULT, 35% GRENACHE, 20% SYRAH!! BEAT THAT!!

"Despite being a blend of 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache and 20% Syrah, the pale-hued 2018 Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose comes across almost as more of a white wine than a rosé. Hints of cantaloup and underripe peach appear on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate adds cleansing citrus notes. As long as you're not expecting much in the way of berry fruit, this silky-textured wine is a charmer." (WA)

"Light bright orange. Lively strawberry, orange pith and floral scents are underscored by a spicy white pepper nuance. Clean and racy on the palate, offering red berry and citrus fruit flavors that put on weight as the wine opens up. Shows gentle grip and an echo of bitter orange pith on the finish, which hangs on with good tenacity." (VM)

"The nose here is immediately captivating with its freshness, focus and interest. It suggests sea salt, thyme, freshly squeezed nectarines and a touch of well-executed, lifted citrus. The palate shows some good density and the fruit/acid balance is played out nicely. Medium-bodied and sleek and refreshing. Makes you come back for more. Routas on the money as always. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Name:
Looking at a map of the South of France you will find ‘Rouvière’ proudly labelled in the tiny hamlet of Châteauvert. The Rouvière land makes up about 150 acres of the Routas estate, including the vines that produce our Rouvière Rosé. In Spring and Summer the vines are surrounded by Provençal wildflowers and herbs.

Overview:
A refreshing dry rosé from the heart of Provence. Bright red berry and mint aromas with a supple yet dry and crisp finish. Very versatile and matches perfectly with grilled white meats, seafood, dry cheeses and salads. Enjoy!

Vinification:
The grapes are cooled and kept on their skins for 12 to 24 hours immediately following harvest, then gently pressed. All the Syrah and half of the Grenache go straight to neutral oak barrels after being pressed where they go through their primary and malolactic fermentation. The remaining Grenache and Cinsault are fermented in stainless steel tanks and blocked from malolactic fermentation. The two different lots are aged separately for five months and blended prior bottling.

Location:
Chateau Routas is located in the heart of Provence, between the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast and the foothills of the Alps. It is surrounded by tiny medieval villages that cling to steep cliffs and overlooks miles of spectacular hillsides, woods and rivers.