2018 Domaine Ott Rose Chateau de Selle Clair de Noirs

Year: 2018
Appellation: Cotes de Provence
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 93
Rose Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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20% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 55% Mourvedre

"This rosé shows good focus and purity, featuring Meyer lemon and mango notes cast with mineral and floral undertones that sail into the mouthwatering finish. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now. 28,750 cases made, 5,000 cases imported. -GS" (WS)

"Almost more white or straw colored than rosé, the 2018 Cotes de Provence Rose Chateau de Selle is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Crushed stone accents peach, melon and lime on the nose, while the palate is light to medium-bodied, silky and long, finishing with a tactile-almost chalky-sensation. Expect it to drink well through the end of 2020." (WA)

"Light shimmering orange. Intense aromas of strawberry, nectarine, honeydew melon and orange zest, with a bright mineral overtone that builds with air. Shows impressive clarity and tension on the palate, offering juicy pit fruit and red berry flavors that are braced by a bitter suggestion of blood orange. Finishes impressively long and silky, with a strong mineral quality and a hint of lavender." (VM)

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.