March 6th, 2014
The first of many 2014 spring tastings around the globe began in Scotland with our terrific distributor Inverarity Morton.
We showcased our Rouvière Rosé, Viognier 2013, Wild Boar Red 2011 and Cyrano 2006, all showing exquisitely. Now we move on to other markets and more tastings. Cheers!
February 19th, 2014
It has been a long winter, but spring is finally coming to Chateau Routas. Our 2013 Rouvière Rosé is in the bottle as of last week. Here is one of the first to be bottled – ready to be shipped off. Cheers!
January 1st, 2014
From all of us at Chateau Routas – we wish our friends and clients from around the globe, all best wishes for a very wonderful New Year!We thank you for your valued friendship and business. 2013 was another spectacular year at Chateau Routas and we look forward to another great year ahead.
Keith Murray and Family
Jean Louis Bavay, Winemaker
Philippe Saraciva, Vineyard Director
December 20th, 2013
A December score of 90 was recently awarded to our old vines Chateau Routas Cyrano 2009 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Leading wine journalist Roger Voss reviewed the wine, and had this to say, “While earthy on the nose, the palate bursts with huge berry flavors on this powerful wine. Bold, ripe fruit is cushioned by tannins and penetrating acidity, lending a dark feel to its structure. Drink from 2015.”
Time to uncork a Routas Cyrano Syrah!
Our Cyrano Syrah comes from two exceptional vineyards on our property. The Gros Routas Vineyard possesses gorgeous 50 year-old vines. There, yields are extremely low. And the Coteaux Vineyard boasts the highest elevation on the estate. Here the Syrah vines prosper at over 1000 feet. Both vineyards have a fine clay composition. Impeccable timing of the harvest is key. After being carefully sorted and destemmed without crushing, the young Syrah ferments in an open wooden tank and ages 15 months in Francois Freres oak barrels, then bottled without filtration.
Here is a view of the beautiful old vines of Gros Routas, right before the harvest this year. And yes, the wine is named after Cyrano de Bergerac.
November 8th, 2013
Here is a lovely review from the current Wine Advocate from Jeb Dunnuck, on our Wild Boar White.
“The only white presented, the 2011 Wild Boar Blanc offers up pretty citrus, buttered peach and apricot-like aromas and flavors as well as a juicy, clean and nicely refreshing palate. Downright quaffable (in the best sense), enjoy this solid effort over the coming year or so. Drink now-2014.
Located in the Vin de Pays du Var region (southeastern part of France), these quality efforts are made by Jean Louis Bavay.”
October 10th, 2013
Incredible beauty abounds as our 2013 Harvest unfolds. Here are a number of photographs that capture moments in our estate vineyards this week.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, perfectly ripe.
A deeply indigo Cinsault.
Grenache – just hand-picked.
And Syrah, poised for our Cyrano 2013.
October 5th, 2013
Last weekend, the world’s largest event dedicated to all wonderful things French, came to Bryant Park in New York City for Le Taste of France. Thousands of visitors enjoyed two-days “exploring the diversity of the French world: Cuisine, Lifestyle, Tourism and Fashion”. Chateau Routas was in attendance both days of the festival and well-represented by Francois Capron-Manieux, who poured thousands of glasses of Chateau Routas 2012 Rouvière Rosé over the course of the weekend. It was terrific fun. And Chateau Routas was in good company, surrounded by French cheeses, perfumes, and artful cuisine by 50 Master Chefs. Even French lessons and ballet classes were offered.
Here is Francois, taking a quick break from the festivities to pose for a photograph.
September 18th, 2013
This week marked the start of the 2013 harvest at Chateau Routas. We began on Tuesday, September 17 with the picking of our beautifully ripe Chardonnay grapes, from the two Rouviere Plane Chardonnay estate vineyards. Overall, the growing season has been excellent. Throughout the year, rainfall and cooler temperatures provided a welcome break from ten years of higher temperatures. This has happily placed minimal stress on the vines. And the results? We anticipate wines of great balance and finesse.
Here is a glimpse of our almost fully ripened old-vine Syrah, coming from the high-elevation Coteaux vineyard. Nearing 50 years of age, these low-yielding vines produce a wine of remarkable intensity. And 2013 should clearly be a stellar year.
July 26th, 2013
HISTORY is everywhere in the Coteaux Varois. Here on the Rouats estate, sit the ruins of an ancient theatre – known as the Bastide of Routas. French plays were performed here, notably Les Fourberies de Scapin and Le Malade Imaginaire of Molière.
And the ancient Routas well –
July 23rd, 2013
From earlier in the month, here are Grenache berries, just getting their start. These vines are situated in our Petit Routas vineyard.
And here is a young Cinsault cluster from another parcel of the Petit Routas vineyard, a photograph taken the same day – July 10.