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.
July 10th, 2013
The vines are doing beautifully as we head into the middle of summer. The last several weeks have been gorgeous, with blue skies and and an abundance of warm sun. On Monday, morning sun gave way to afternoon storms, a pattern that has kept up into today, but temperatures have remained hot throughout, ranging between 90 to 95 degrees. Here is a visual update of the vineyards, taken today.
These are Cabernet Sauvignon vines from our Rouviere Plane vineyard.
Here is a view of our Grenache vines, framed by deep forests and the legendary hill of Bras.
Our Viognier vines reflect a warm summer sun.
June 5th, 2013
Bon Appetit magazine had this to say about our Coquelicot 2011, recommending it for that perfect Provencal summer picnic:
“Routas is a large estate in the Coteaux Varois region of Provence (just north of Bandol). This is a somewhat atypical blend of 80 percent Viognier (fermented in steel) and 20 percent barrel-fermented Chardonnay. It has some nice waxy weight, like a white from nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but with an overlay of Provencal herbaceousness.”
May 30th, 2013
In the recent Summer Wine issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine, our Chateau Routas Rouviere Rose 2012 received a beautiful review, ” Full wine, soft on the palate, its berry fruits ripe and forward. It has some weight although the acidity is as fresh as it can be. The aftertaste is clean, clear refreshing.”