750 ml. bottle
A brilliant red colour. The nose is first dominated by very ripe red fruits with small berries, and also cherry and spices. Then it exults soft and discreet overtone of vanilla, mixed with cherry and laurel. The mouth is large, but the structure is harmonious. The finish is slightly spicy. Perfect with meats, pasta and soft complex cheeses.
Vin de Pays du Var
Average age of vines
The grapes are carefully sorted and destemmed, without crushing. The wine is fermented in open-topped fermenters and punched down manually twice a day and pumped over once a day. Fermentation takes approximately 14 days, after which the wine goes into 67 HL sized barrels for aging.
When to drink
After bottling and for a further 5 years.
About Chateau Routas
The location of Chateau Routas in the CoteauxVarois appellation is spectacular; in the heart of Provence, equidistant from 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.
The 642-acre property includes 135 acres of strategically planted vineyard parcels that create a mosaic throughout the rocky, heavily-wooded terrain in this unspoiled, high-elevation sector of Provence. Some vineyard sites have soils that are red as crushed brick, while others consist of crumbly grey limestone mixed with pockets of iron-rich, red clay, and stones that reflect the hot summer sun.
At 1,300 feet above sea level, the elevation is among the appellation’s highest, providing cool nights that slow the ripening of the grapes, contributing fresh notes, good colourand complexity, plus dictating harvest dates that are up to a month later than other estates. The estate also encompasses dense woods, olive trees, and oak trees hiding black truffles.
Bright red poppies grow alongside brilliant yellow sunflowers, and the surrounding forests hide a substantial number of wild boars –which are unfortunately a little too fond of the Routasgrapes come harvest time.