Domaines Ott, Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence Rose 2021 (France)
Producer Notes: The Château de Selle Rosé combines various grape varieties from the Cotes de Provence appellation, including a majority of Grenache creating the delicate color and vinous character. Cinsault adds softness, Syrah and Mourvèdre bring fruit. This pale pink wine with golden tints releases fragrances of citrus fruit and orchard flowers enveloped in spice. On the palate, the immediate effect is elegant and open, developing subtle aromas with a lemony edge before a sweet finish of appealing length.
James Suckling, 92 Points: Pale coral color with pomegranate, cherries, grapefruit and biscuits on the nose. Bright and creamy, with vibrant acidity and a medium body. Crushed stones at the end. Dry and mineral. Drink now.
Wine Advocate, 91 Points: Call it a down year if you must, but the 2021 Cotes de Provence Rose Chateau de Selle remains one of the region's top wines. Scents of tangerine, peach, crushed stone and lime zest mark the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is plump and juicy, finishing long and layered. The assemblage this year is 55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah.
Wine Spectator, 91 Points: Seamlessly stitches together jasmine, pink grapefruit, tangerine, rose water and a savory accent, with a subtle twinge of fleur de sel adding a counterpoint to the lengthy finish. Graceful, but with nice underlying tension throughout. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now.
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