Château du Rouët, `Estérelle` Côtes de Provence
Alcohol (ABV): 12.5%
This wine is pale salmon in colour with aromas of ripe citrus and white blossom. On the palate, there is a good balance of fruit and acidity with flavours of berries and citrus.
Château du Rouët is now run by the fifth generation of the Savatier family, who have owned it since 1840. The Château was originally known for selling pinewood and cork from their surrounding forest. Vines were planted in 1927, to act as a firebreak to protect the forest, and the first bottled wine of Château du Rouët appeared in 1945. Today, brothers, Martin and Matthieu Savatier run the Château, with Martin looking after the vineyards and Matthieu making the wines.
Château du Rouët is situated at the foothills of the Estérel mountain range, which spans the coast of Provence. They own 70 hectares of vines which grow on distinctive red, volcanic rock soil at an altitude of 560 metres. The south-facing vineyards benefit from warm, sunny days and are cooled by the Mistral and sea breezes which add elegance and freshness to the wines. The estate practices la lutte raisonnée, working the soils with organic fertilizers, such as manure.
2019 was overall very dry which reduced the yields but meant there was little disease pressure in the vineyards. In the growing season, the days saw high temperatures with cooler nights. This ensured that while the harvest was small, it was of a high quality with good acidity.
The Estérelle Rosé, made solely from estate grown fruit, is a blend of Grenache, Tibouren, Cinsault and Syrah. The grapes were harvested at night in order to retain the delicate aromas and varieties were kept separate. At the winery, cold maceration was carried out to extract aromas and a little colour. The grapes were then fermented separately in stainless-steel tanks at low temperatures between 14° and 16°C before the wines were blended.