Here is a glimpse of gorgeous Syrah fruit from our low-yielding Gros Routas vineyard. Perfection.
Recent, wonderful lunch on Cap d’Antibes. Sir David hosted Hugh and Judy Johnson, together with Haggie. Four terrific friends for over 30 years. Great opportunity to get caught up with all the news, over a lunch on the terrace that commenced with our Routas Rosé 2013, followed by a fish course paired with our Maison Jessiaume Corton Charlemagne 2010, and then on to a savory cheese plate with the Santenay Les Gravieres 2012 from Domaine Jessiaume. Absolute perfection. From the beginning, Hugh Johnson has been a great champion of our Routas and Jessiaume wines. A memorable afternoon indeed.
Catherine Fallis, Master Sommelier, in the latest edition of The SOMM Journal, recommends our 2013 Château Routas Rosé in an exclusive roundup of stellar Rosé from around the globe. The tasting took place during the filming of Ken Kobre’s documentary, Rosé Rising. ”During the filming, I came across several Rosés worth noting. Here they are, in categories created for easy placement on your menu.”
Our Routas was listed as the only one from the Coteaux Varois and under the SNAPPY category. Only 24 Rosés made the cut.
Lovely write-up from New Zealand wine expert Gavin Hubble, The Wine Guy. Thank you Gavin! We had a terrific visit with Gavin several weeks ago at Routas. His entire piece on Chateau Routas can be read here:
2013 Château Routas Rosé - 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache & 20% Syrah.
“Over the past 2 vintages this wine has finally been receiving the recognition and success that their hard work and the wine itself rightly deserves. Crafting possibly the region’s best expression of rosé from Provence – respecting the varietals used and producing a versatile and exciting rosé wine.
The grapes were de-stemmed, cooled and gently pressed, with minimal skin contact resulting in a coral pink, salmon colour. On the nose you are greeted by 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. Serve with Sushi, prawns, or with strawberries and melon sorbet and plenty of sunshine.”
LOVELY write-up on our Rouvière Rosé 2013 from Montecristo magazine. Here it is:
À la Provence Part Two
“We like to think along the lines of any good wine in any weather, and that is not likely to change. But, admittedly, there is something about rose wines from the Provence region of France that shout summertime. Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rouvière Rosé 2013, is all watermelon, strawberry, and that distinctive minerality that so many wines from this region display. For such delicacy, it is interesting to note that the grapes used are 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache, 20% Syrah.”
HERE, New Zealand wine writer Gavin Hubble tastes with Haggie and our winemaker Jean Louis Bavay on the terrace.
OVERWHELMING BEAUTY is the best way to describe summer at Chateau Routas. Gill Murray shot these images over the last several weeks. Every aspect of the estate is terrifically thriving. And this summer we launched our new magnum size – which has been received with enormous excitement in the trade.
Last weekend, our estate wines were exclusively featured at a beautiful housewarming party on the Côte d’Azur. The party was hosted by Swedish entrepreneur Alban Herlitz, who is currently building Sweden’s tallest skyscraper in Gothenburg. Our wonderful Swedish importer, Magnus Rosman, attended and sent along these stunning images. 80 guests jetted in from Sweden to attend the celebration, held at Alban’s new villa in Théoule-sur-Mer. Haggie created the enticing Provencal menu and our Chateau Routas Rouvière Rosé, Coquelicot and Cyrano were poured as the summer sun led to a midnight blue, star-lit sky – all adding up to a perfect evening.
THE NUMBER ONE culture and entertainment weekly newspaper in Vancouver, The Georgia Straight, delivers ample praise for our Chateau Routas Rouvière Rosé. This stellar review is written by Jurgen Gothe who “choose to showcase some of the best of the 2013 vintage.” And had these words of praise to say for our Routas, “All this flavor and under a screw cap, no less! Plum watermelon, grapefruit, and a lightly peppery and mineral edge make this a quintessential food wine. If you hear someone say “chill and grill”, you know they’re talking about this wine. Keep a few bottles around all summer long.”
Steve Tanzer’s terrific publication, The International Wine Cellar did a major tasting of top flight Rosés and gave Chateau Routas Rouvière Rosé 2013 a lovely review.
Here it is – just published last week:
2013 Chateau Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé ($14) (45% cinsault, 35% grenache and 20% syrah): Light, bright pink. Fresh red berries and white flowers on the fragrant nose. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering juicy strawberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of white pepper. Closes on a tangy note, with good cut and length.