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Chateau Routas

Château Routas is situated in a stunning location between Aix-en-Provence and the Gulf of Saint Tropez in the Var department of Provence in south-east of France. The 290 hectare estate was founded in 1992 by Philippe Bieler, but was acquired by Scottish entrepreneur Sir David Murray in 2005. The former Chairman of Glasgow Rangers Football Club also owns Domaine Jessiaume in Burgundy, and was awarded Chevaliers de Tastevin in 2006. The wines are produced under the Coteaux-Varois-en-Provence appellation, which was recognised in 1993 to complement that of the Côtes de Provence. It covers 28 communes north of Toulon, where coastal hills significantly lessen the moderating effects of the Mediterranean climate. Slower ripening contributes complexities, and results in the harvests being up to a month later than vineyards nearer the coast. 135 hectares are presently under vine with the red Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, and white Chardonnay and Viognier, grown on one of the highest elevations in Provence, rising to 350 metres above sea level. The terroir is a diverse mosaic of soils, including crumbly grey limestone, and red soils. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and produce a range of award-winning fresh and juicy southern French-style white, rosé and red wines.