2019 Chateau Routas Rose

Year: 2019
Appellation: Coteaux Varois en Provence
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88
James Suckling: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$12.95
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STAGGERING VALUE!!...40% CINSAULT, 30% GRENACHE, 15% SYRAH, 15% CABERNET SAUVIGNON!! BEAT THAT!!

"A blend of 40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, I first tasted the 2019 Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose as a tank sample hand-carried from France, but I was able to follow up in time for this report with a bottle of the finished wine. Bright berries and melon notes carry just a hint of confected, cotton-candy aromas, but those are balanced by a medium-bodied core of raspberry and strawberry fruit and some vaguely leafy and citrusy notes on the finish.

This Scottish-owned estate midway between the beaches and the Alps has greatly simplified its offerings in recent years. It now produces just three wines, with the rosé accounting for 90% of the volume. Keith Murray, the son of patriarch Sir David Murray, was in New York this past December, where we sat down to try the latest releases. The property is authorized to have 50 hectares of vines, with about 35 currently in production after an extensive replanting program. Prices are reasonable for the quality, with the wines made in a friendly, accessible and early-drinking style. "I think people like lighter-style wines," said Murray. "They're lower alcohol, less headaches and have become quite trendy." My favorite of the three was the 2018 IGP Var Rouge. "You don't need food … it's wine-bar stuff," said Murray, adding that it could be AOP Coteaux du Varois, "But why bother?"" (WA)

"Another beautiful bottle of rosé with sliced-apple, peach and light stone character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with pretty fruit and a bright finish. Lots of flint and stone undertones to the fruit. Drink now. Screw cap." (JS)

"A classic, pale rosé, this smooth wine emphasizes ripe fruit. Cinsault dominates the ....." (WE)

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.