Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose 2019
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Designated a Top 100 Winery in the World 2018 by Wine & Spirits, Domaines Ott consistently over-delivers with their wines, especially the Roses. This Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose is the perfect example. It is oozing Provencal terroir and its warmth. Close your eyes and transport yourself to that beautiful part of the world, just for a glass, or maybe for an entire evening. You'll be glad you did. Fill your glasses to enjoy with grilled prawns tossed in anchovy butter. A classic French Pissaladiere, salt cod baked with potatoes, onions and garlic, and toasted baguette slices is another tasty option which will disappear quickly. For the entree, crab-heavy crab cakes with a celery root remoulade is just the ticket. Make sure there is an absolute minimum of bread crumbs, like our favorites from Faidleys in Maryland... Grilled sea bass topped with caramelized fennel will be nice opposite the floral and mineral notes of the wine. If you're not in the mood for fish or meat, make it a big, steaming bowl of pasta and homemade pesto. Don't forget to have lots of freshly grated parmesan on hand. How about another glass or two with a peach cobbler? We think that should be a resounding oui!
Wine & Spirits: “In the world of wine, rosé has it easy: If it’s pink and pretty, it’s already on its way to being well accepted. Rarely does a rosé jump out of the glass and demand attention. But this one seems to have packaged up a Mediterranean breeze along with the scents of strawberries and garrigue, unleashing it with every sip. My nine-year-old, doing her own independent appraising, said, “It smells warm—not like the wine is warm, but like it comes from a warm place.” That place is inland from the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, 345 acres of stony soils and limestone terraces, a remote location Marcel Ott purchased in 1912. Today, cousins Christian and Jean- François Ott tend the vines, working with the backing of parent company Louis Roederer, which funded the building of a new winery at the estate in 2017, designed by Carl Fredrik Svenstedt. All those elements came together in a rosé that channels the place it’s grown in an elegant and understated way, yet with a persistence that speaks to its structure and strength. Impressive now, this will be even better with a year or two in bottle.” Aug 2020 (Advance)
Winery: "A clear, pale peach hue with pearly pink tints. The complex and elegant nose is dominated by oral notes of spring: fresh blackberries and perfumed roses complemented by aromas of melon, vanilla, grapefruit and yellow peach. The palate is broad and silky with lovely notes of sweet summer fruit. Citrus and a touch of spice linger on the remarkably long finish. This pairs well with flambéed or glazed monkfish with vegetables, grilled poultry in a sauce, or fruit desserts."
About Domaine Ott: "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: Chateau Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Chateau de Selle (both Cotes de Provence). Chateau de Selle is located in the Cotes 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.
Chateau 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."
|Varietal||56% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 11% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre|
|Aging||A few months in oak|
|Region||Cotes de Provence, France|
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