Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Rose, 2020

Style: dry rose      Vintage: 2020    

Varietals:  65% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 8% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah

Appellation: Provence     Region: Provence     Country: France

Crystal-clear, pink-gold hue. The nose opens with the freshness of citrus fruit (pomelo, bergamot) then reveals elegant floral notes mingled with yellow peach and mango. The wine fresh and silky on entry and then grows on the palate revealing aromas of kumquat and a mineral character that lead to a lingering and delicately spicy finish.

Reviews:

Wine Spectator: 91 POINTS

September 30, 2021, Gillian Sciaretta

“This rosé is focused and graceful, with a beam of tangerine zest and grapefruit interwoven with rosewater, jicama, spice and vivid mineral accents. Elements of sea salt and heather detail the finish. Drink now.”

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JamesSuckling.com: 93 POINTS

August 3, 2021, James Suckling

“This is big on drinkability with light cherry, strawberry and peach aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, creamy and minerally with fresh, stony character. Vivid at the end. Another gorgeous Ott. Drink now.”

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Wine & Spirits: 93 POINTS

August 1, 2021, Tara Q. Thomas

“From the Otts’ original estate in Taradeau, the vines rooted into rocky limestone terraces surrounded by forest, this has an old-school grandeur to it in 2020. Based on grenache, with cinsault, syrah and mourvèdre, it’s rich, smooth and peachy, seasoned with a touch of orange zest and herbs. The fruit’s ripeness is balanced by the crunchiness of the acidity, striking an addictive balance.”

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The Wine Advocate: 93 POINTS

July 8, 2021, Joe Czerwinski

“Pale and coppery as usual, Ott's 2020 Cotes de Provence Rosé Château de Selle boasts restrained aromas of peach, melon and citrus underscored by hints of crushed stone. In the mouth, it's medium-bodied and concentrated, with ample intensity, a slightly creamy texture and a long, mouthwatering finish. Like the other top rosés of Domaines Ott, this is a wine that is often better in its second year.”

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Vinous Media:  93 POINTS

June 2021, Josh Raynolds

“Pale salmon skin. Mineral-tinged red currant, raspberry, blood orange and white peach scents are complemented by a suave lavender nuance that builds in the glass. Silky and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated red berry and pit fruit flavors sharpened by a bitter suggestion of orange pith. Finishes very long and smooth, with repeating floral and pit fruit notes.”

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VinePair: 91 POINTS

May 6, 2021, Keith Beavers

“Soft and creamy with mild acidity. The wine smells like melons and a salty beach with hints of cherries. If a rosé cold have a structure, this is one of them. It would be a wonderful wine to share with a sunset.”