Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence Rosé
Côtes de Provence, France
August 14, 2018, Josh Raynolds
“Limpid orange. Powerful red berry, orange zest and floral aromas are sharpened by an intense mineral topnote. Shows very good clarity and depth on the palate, offering vibrant strawberry, tangerine and honeysuckle flavors and a hint of bitter peach pit. Finishes very long and floral, with bright mineral cut and a touch of fennel that sneaks in slowly.”
October 31, 2017, James Molesworth
“An alluring rosé, with persimmon, orange pith, jicama and mineral notes streaking through, all set against a backdrop of white peach. Has range and precision.”
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August 1, 2017, Tara Thomas
“Chateau de Selle was the first estate that Marcel Ott acquired when he founded his winery in 1912. The vineyard sits well inland from the Mediterranean coast on a high limestone shelf in Tarandeau, where Grenache, cinsault and syrah grow alongside some cabernet sauvignon. Pressed lightly and aged for a few months in oak, the wine holds more flavor than the pale color suggests, with the initial herbal and floral scents growing into full-bodied, savory notes of strawberry, peach and nectarine. The firmness of the structure suggests this rose will age well, and can stand up to something as rich as pork belly.”
July 1, 2017, Roger Voss
“Pale in color, this ripe wine is beautifully balanced. It does have rich fruit, raspberries and wild strawberries. It also has a fine texture with plenty of acidity as well as a touch of pepper. The wine could age for a further few months”
Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. Today, the wineries are owned and managed by Champagne Louis Roederer, producing some of the world’s most prestigious wines. These wines are made at three distinctively different estates: Château Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Château de Selle (both Côtes de Provence).
Château de Selle is located in the Côtes de Provence appellation, located inland on limestone hillsides, enjoying abundant sunshine. The proportion of stone in the soil is 40 to 50 percent, making it an arid soil and, despite the presence of some extremely fertile clay deposits, yields are low. Château de Selle has an area of 140 hectares, of which 64 hectares are planted. Year after year, the cultivated area of the estate wins over part of the rocky terrain. The earth is mechanically tilled while retaining a natural balance, the original proportion of stone being maintained after crushing. The crushing process is carried out on a yearly basis.
Clear, pale hue with peach tints. The complex and elegant nose combines subtle aromas of citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon), yellow fruit (apricot, peach and pear) and delicate floral notes. The palate is silky initially, and then builds in power and volume. The fruity notes are underpinned by a touch of spice which lingers on the finish.
This pairs well with flambéed or glazed monkfish with vegetables, grilled poultry in a sauce, or fruit desserts.
Varietals: 57% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre, 2% Syrah, 6% Others
Suggested Retail Price: $52.00