Château de Rouanne

Brand Description

Château de Rouanne is a historic estate with a 12th century medieval castle, situated on a classified Roman site located in the southern Rhône Valley.  The name of the estate comes from "Rugius", which is said to be the name of the original Roman owner. The estate totals 177 acres (72 hectares), including 153 acres (62 hectares) of vines. Château de Rouanne was purchased by Louis Barruol, owner and winemaker of Château de Saint Cosme, in May of 2019. Barruol sees enormous potential in Château de Rouanne, having worked with the previous owners for years as a source for some of his négociant wines. “It reminds me a lot of Saint Cosme when I took it over in 1992. It’s an unknown sleeping beauty waiting for a vigneron to truly love it.”

In addition to Château de Rouanne and Château de Saint Cosme, Louis Barruol is the founder and co-owner of Forge Cellars – a best-in class Finger Lakes collaboration with New York native Rick Rainey.

Location of Vineyard

Château de Rouanne is located in the appellation of Vinsobres, which was established in 2006. The appellation is situated in the northern part of the southern Rhône. Like Gigondas, it is a relatively cool-climate region thanks in part to the “Pontias”, a cold, nocturnal wind that blows down from the Alps into the valley through the town of Nyons and into Vinsobres. Vinsobres is particularly known for producing outstanding Grenache-based wines.

Winemaking Philosophy

Louis Barruol assisted with the winemaking at Rouanne for the 2018 vintage, which is the inaugural wine for the estate under his ownership. He uses a similar philosophy to winemaking at Château de Rouanne as at Saint Cosme, highlighting the distinctive freshness of the cooler climate Vinsobres and marrying it with the characteristic ripeness of the Southern Rhône. 

Brand Summary

Château de Rouanne
Rouanne Vineyards
Ancient Spring
Rouanne Tower
Chateau de Rouanne

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Winery Profile
Owner: Louis Barruol
Winemaker: Louis Barruol and Laurent Bézert
Total acreage under vine: 153
Founded: 1150
Production: 300,000
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Acclaim
Full-bodied, concentrated, this has those tight, serrated Vinsobres tannins and balancing acidity. It's a big wine that will take a little while to come round. Perhaps just a touch overripe, but this has plenty of substance and guts. — acclaim for 2020 Chateau de Rouanne Vinsobres Les Côtes from Decanter, Sep 2021
Touch of maltiness on the nose, along with some oak-derived spice notes such as star anise. Good weight and intensity to the fruit, a firm acid line travelling through it. Tannins are reassuringly brisk and tense. Ends on fruit, with oak spice throughout. A proudly oaked cuvée and a very good one. No destemming. — acclaim for 2020 Chateau de Rouanne Vinsobres Rouanne et les Crơttes from Decanter, Sep 2021
The oak is quite noticeable, but there's plenty of exuberant fruit behind it. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in fruit, this is more concentrated than most 2021s. Good acidity, well-worked tannins and a nice sense of freshness all add up to a fairly powerful, concentrated, exuberant style of Vinsobres. All whole-bunch fermented, aged for 12 months in 226-litre barrels. Owned by Louis Barruol of Château de St Cosme. — acclaim for 2021 Chateau de Rouanne Vinsobres Rouanne et les Crơttes from Decanter, Sep 2022
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