Chateau Routas Rouviere Rose 2010

Tasting Date: 10/5/2011

Varietal: Chateau Routas Rouviere Rose 2010

Country: Provence, France

Tasting Date Price: $12.99

Rating: WS 2010 87. Robert Parker has proclaimed it “one of the best wine producers in Provence.”

Alcohol Content: 13%

Vineyard Website: click here

Visual Aspect: Pink color

Nose: Pleasant, light berry fruit, type aroma and you may also detect a little of what seems like mint

Palate: Delightful fruit flavors of cherry, red plums, lime and grapefruit carry through to a zesty finish.

Food Pairing: Very versatile and matches perfectly with grille meats, seafood, dry cheeses and salads

Winery Notes:

Grape Variety: 55% Cinsault, 23% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: A.O.C. Coteaux Varois en Provence

Soil type: clay/calcareous

Average age of vines: 15 years

Winemaker: Jean Louis Bavay

Vinification: Hand-harvested, the grapes are gently destemmed, cooled and pressed. All of the Syrah and half of the Cabernet Sauvignon go straight into neutral barrels for primary and malolactic fermentation. The remaining Grenache and Cinsault are fermented in stainless steel tanks and blocked from malolactic fermentation. The two different lots are aged separately for five months and blended prior to bottling.

Fermentation vessels: Stainless steel and neutral barrels

Aging: 5 months

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