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.
Next up, another great review from Sweden – just in from our importer, Magnus Rosman. Clearly they know their Rosé. The largest Swedish magazine on food, Allt om mat (All about food), has given Routas a lovely review in their annual rosé tasting, “Wild strawberries and raspberries with a charming scent that bears promises of a great summer from Provence. Nice acidity and length.” Perfectly said.
Lovely write-up in Vancouver’s Taste Magazine for our 2013 Chateau Routas Rouvière Rosé, just published in the Summer 2014 Edition. In a roundup of summer Rosés, here is what they had to say, “This 45/35/20 blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah smells like a bowl of strawberries smothered in whipping cream. In the mouth, there is great depth of flavor and richness that flows into the dry, crisp finish.” Many thanks to Stile Brands for alerting us to this charming review. Taste Magazine is highly popular and available in every BC Shop across the province.
This is the year of Chateau Routas Rouvière Rosé. Our Rouvière Rosé beat out every other well-known Provence wine in the Rosé category, according to the prestigious wine online site: vinbanken.se and TOPS the list as Number One. And might we mention that a certain celebrity neighbor in our Coteaux Varois appellation, came in at just Number Nine. Vinbanken is highly regarded in Sweden as one of the premier tastemakers. We are delighted with the news. And what a perfect way to start the summer season.
Planting commenced last week for one of our older Syrah parcels. The elder vines were uprooted, as seen in the image below. Though over 50 years in age, these vines were poorly grafted back in the 1960s, yielding less than spectacular fruit and overall – low production. The new vines will produce a luscious Syrah, complex in flavor and rich in minerality. Our vine expansion program will eventually include a total of 60,000 new vines – expanding our vineyards from 81 acres to 108. We have been carefully navigating this process – improving soil and vine compatibility, while optimizing production.
Here is the newly planted Syrah vineyard.
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!
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