2017 Domaine Ott Rose Chateau de Selle Clair de Noirs

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cotes de Provence
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
James Suckling: 92
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :


"Bottled just before I tasted it at the end of February, the 2017 Cotes de Provence Rose Chateau de Selle was already looking good. Cherry and pineapple flavors lead the way in this medium-bodied wine, which although silky in texture shows some grip on the finish. This should drink well through the end of 2019." (WA)

"A denser and richer rosé. Yet, it still feels bright and intense with dried strawberries and cream undertones on the palate. Full to medium body and a fresh, fruity finish. Drink now. " (JS)

20% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 55% Mourvedre

Winery Notes:
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 perched on chalky hills enjoying generous amounts of sunshine. The proportion of stone in the soil is 40 percent to 50 percent, making it an arid soil, which, despite the presence of small yet highly fertile quantities of clay, produces small yields. 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.

Tasting Notes:
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.

Additional Information:
The following grapes are used in making this rosé: 40% Grenache, which adds warmth to the wine; 40% Cinsault, which adds finesse and fullness; 14% Syrah, which is added in small quantities to round off the wine and give color and a touch of licorice; 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds complexity, blending elegance and vigor.

The grapes are all hand picked and go through a stringent selective grape sorting. The grapes go through an extremely delicate pressing process. Fermentation is done in thermo-regulated vats followed by ageing in oak casks for six to nine months. The wine is bottled in the spring.