90 Points "So pale, this wine is almost white. The fruit and the red-berry flavors are definitely those of a rosé, a fruity, full wine with a touch of spice as well as a tight, mineral texture. Weight and ripeness are balanced by a fresh, crisp aftertaste. Drink now."
90 Points “This is as pale as limestone soils in this vineyard in Tarandeau, well inland from Saint-Tropez. The flavors are delicate as well, hints of peach blossom and orange zest flirting around an expanse of chalky minerality. It’s restrained and elegant, for a fillet of sole.”
92 Points "Very pale orange-pink. Incisive and minerally on the fragrant nose, displaying an array of red berry and citrus fruit aromas and a sexy floral nuance. Dry, stony and precise on the palate, offering sappy orange and redcurrant flavors that flesh out slowly with air. At once concentrated and lithe, finishing with outstanding clarity and a lingering honeysuckle note. I'd serve this wine as I would a rich white Burgundy."
92 Points "Bright salmon-skin color. Spice- and herb-accented aromas of cherry, black raspberry and lavender are complemented by a subtle hint of smokiness. Shows strong mineral and floral character on the palate, with red berry and citrus fruit flavors firming up with air. Closes spicy and very long, with lingering floral pastille and orange zest qualities and a touch of anise."
90 Points "A rich, fat wine, with the weight of concentrated red fruits laced with pear and a touch of spice. There is a vanilla layer that adds extra complexity."
91 Points "Light, bright peach skin color. Lively, mineral-accented aromas of orange zest, strawberry and honeysuckle, along with a hint of herbs. Nervy and refreshingly brisk on the palate, offering pure red berry and citrus flavors underscored by a chalky quality. Finishes dry and clean, with strong cut and lingering florality. I really like this wine's balance and focus."
89 Points "The style at Domaines Ott has changed to become fresher and less oxidative, and the wine fits the new look. It is vivid, crisp, a rich texture giving fresh berry fruit and a light layer of acidity."
89 Points "A serious rosé, offering a coppery color and rich flavors of dried raspberry, with confit notes. The broad finish lingers with hints of salt and licorice."
90 points "...[T]here’s no denying the high quality of this wine. Almost smoky, mineral-like complexity emerges on the nose, followed by hints of cherry fruit underscored by dramatic freshness on the lengthy finish."
Under $100 Holiday W "This wine has such structure and will keep for a year or two. It pairs well with light meats, such as hams and turkeys," said Tony Princiotta, general manager and wine buyer, for the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.
"[T]he most elegant rosé we have ever tasted....We found ourselves smitten with its refined flavor and texture, which echoed the delicate silkiness of the scallops we enjoyed with it. The 2005 Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence rosé, whose bottle resembles a gigantic perfume flask, is reminiscent of strawberries and cream."
88 Points "One of the world's best-known rosés, Ott's Château de Selle is a clean, refreshing, minerally drink. The flavors are difficult to describe exactly, coming across a little like underripe melon combined with grapefruit, herbs and white chocolate."
Recommended Recommended wine for a "light summer picnic or lunch...Light, fruity, and served cold, [rosés] are crowd pleasers."
Best Rosé for Summer Shayn Bjornholm, wine education director, Washington Wine Commission, and master sommelier: "Powerful, graceful, spicy and fruity with 15 times the depth of most rosés...simply amazing."
"Ott is among the oldest, largest, and best-known producers in Provence...[I]f you are looking for a deluxe, rich, mouth-filling rosé with enough body to stand up to food—even lamb—then this 2005 Château de Selle rosé is your wine."
Highly Recommended "To me this wine tastes like the South of France and summer, and you should have an endless supply of it...Domaines Ott is the 501 jeans of rosé..." "At the Spotted Pig the most requested label...is Domaines Ott, which has become the trendsetters rosé of choice since it was bought by Champagne Louis Roederer, the maker of Cristal Champagne, two years ago."
92 Points “A long and refined rosé, with a very stony spine supporting light rosemary, white pepper, dried peach and jicama notes that stay tightly focused through the mineral-edged finish. The ample energy is tightly harnessed, like the vibration of a tuning fork."
92 Points "The Mourvèdre in this blend gives this wine a distinctive perfumed, structured character. Soft and rich yellow and tropical-fruit flavors are spiced with the edge of tannins and youthful red-fruit flavors. It is intensely ripe and also crisp with acidity.”
91 Points "This wine is very rich and full. It is bone dry, full of red fruits as well as a lightly bitter edge that needs to soften. On the other hand, the crisp acidity and light spice are both delicious, promising a generous, full-bodied wine in a few months. Drink from mid-2016."
92 Points "With some extra weight, this is a solid, red currant and berry driven wine. Its fruit is right up front, backed by a mineral acidity that cuts through the richness. It’s definitely a food wine, and equally an impressive wine that needs to age for up to a year."
92 Points "With its Mourvèdre content, this is a big-hearted wine. It is finely balanced between its rich yellow and red fruits and spice and acidity. This is a great food rosé, textured and ripe."
92 Points "Light orange-pink. Sexy, spice-accented aromas of candied pit fruits, redcurrant and tarragon, with a smoky topnote. Weighty and pliant in the mouth, offering intense red fruit and peach flavors accompanied by herb and floral nuances. Finishes sappy and very long, with slow-mounting spiciness and chewy texture."
91 Points Cellar Selection "As befits a Bandol, this rosé has a good depth of flavor, rich and smoothly textured with acidity integrated into a serious and complex wine. The structure and acidity suggest a wine that could age for 2–3 years."
92 Points "Umami rose, this is savory, succulent stuff, a wine for the cellar or for sea urchin eaten straight from its spiny shell. From the 148-acre estate Marcel Ott established in Le Castellet in 1956, it needs time in the glass (or an hour in a decanter) to reveal its layers of flavor, from lavender to orange peel, iodine to wild strawberries, all displayed on a mouthwatering base of minerals."
Recommended "Another favorite of ours has been Domaines Ott. You can usually find bottles of the higher end French rosé at Seazar's..."
90 Points "This is everything that a rose wine should be. A delectable, pure, peachy nose blossoms from the glass whilst the palate is beautifully balanced with passion fruit, peach and rosewater. Superb definition on the finish. A rose that just seems to blossom with aeration. Outstanding. Drinking 2007-2009."
Highly Recommended "'To me this wine tastes like the South of France and summer, and you should have an endless supply of it...Domaines Ott is the 501 jeans of rosé...'" "At the Spotted Pig the most requested label...is Domaines Ott, which has become the trendsetter's rosé of choice since it was bought by Champagne Louis Roederer, the maker of Cristal Champagne, two years ago."
92 Points "The pale pink of this rosé implies its delicacy. Its strawberry-cherry flavors are light but lasting, their translucency revealing pinnings of stony minerality. The clincher, however, is the finish, where the acidity powers through the flavors and refreshes the palate, urging another sip, or a pairing of salmon in sorrel sauce."
91 Points "You can almost taste the nearby sea in this salty, tangy wine. It is very fresh, bright while full in the mouth with apricot and pear flavors. Generous and ripe, the crisp, bright aftertaste melds with the smooth and creamy texture. Drink from 2016."
88 points "Very rich and full-bodied, with flavors of Golden Delicious apple, pineapple, mango and citrus. The spicy finish is accentued by notes of vanilla and honey. Drink now through 2011 "
92 Points "Ott specializes in rosés with weight and alcohol. Everything is so well integrated that they are only a part of a rich, fruity wine that has a dense texture, with spice and generous strawberry fruits. Full and definitely for food, the wine should be aged another few months, so drink from mid-2016."
91 Points "A smooth and rounded wine this rich wine has caramel as well as ripe strawberry flavors. A light touch of saltiness gives extra interest."
92 Points "Pale orange-pink. Heady aromas of red berries, blood orange and dried flowers are sharpened by a chalky nuance. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tight in the mid-palate, offering intense redcurrant and raspberry flavors that show very good depth and focus. Becomes chewier on the finish, with the mineral and floral notes echoing. This wine's blend of power and finesse make it supremely flexible at the table, especially with grilled, strongly seasoned seafood dishes."
90 Points "Bright onion skin color. Delicate and restrained on the nose, displaying fresh red berry and citrus fruit aromas and a hint of dusty minerals. Lithe and precise on the palate, with zesty strawberry, redcurrant and tangerine flavors given spine by tangy acidity. Closes taut, dry and long, with resonating spiciness and very good focus."
92 Points "From the négociant arm of Domaines Ott this grenache-based rosé is compact and firm, the tangy, pale red fruit tightly bound in vibrant acidity. As it sits in the glass, the flavors expand to herbal scents and ferrous earth, adding to the complexity. It has the substance for an herbed pork tenderloin."
89 Points "Light, bright pink. Aromas of fresh red berries and citrus fruits are complemented by suggestions of honeysuckle, mint and chalky minerals. Refreshingly brisk and light-bodied, showing good focus to its strawberry and bitter quinine flavors. Finishes dry and floral, with good clarity and a touch of cherry pit."
89 Points "Pale orange. Bright, mineral-accented aromas of strawberry and orange zest, with a hint of white flowers. Dry and precise, showing very good clarity to its tangy red fruit and bitter citrus flavors. Shows good bite on the energetic finish, leaving behind a cherry note."
"From France's Cotes de Provence region, a subtle wine with touches of caramel and vanilla on the nose and a coppery berry and lime flavor. Serve with shrimp salad, ceviche, cold poached salmon."
"very pretty, with raspberry fruit and a slight tannic bite."
88 points "This powerful rosé has a big structure and lots of mineral. Concentrated flavors of prosciutto and melon are joined by white pepper on the finish. Drink now."
"Traditionally, the most ambitious rosés came from Provence—Domaines Ott (the rosé that caught the fancy of the Hamptons crowd) has always made one of the best."
"A lot of our clients are travelling to the Cannes Film Festival every year, and they get introduced to Provence rosés by many of the restaurants, with Domaines Ott almost being the 'official wine' of the festival."--Bob Golbahar, Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants president, commenting on the growing popularity of rosés
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