Rosé Cœur de Grain from the Château de Selle combines four grape varieties from the Côtes de Provence appellation including Grenache (over half) for the delicate colour and full-bodied texture. In lesser quantities, Cabernet Sauvignon – perfect for limestone soils – lends structure with a hint of spice, Cinsault offers softness and Syrah fruitiness.
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.
THE JOURNEY OF MARCEL OTT
In 1896 after a tour of France’s many vineyards, Marcel Ott, a young graduate in agronomy engineering from Alsace, finally found an estate that inspired him. To set the scene, we are in Provence. The Mediterranean is lapping at the shore a mere stone’s throw away…
In these parts, growing wines is the legacy of ancient times. Alas, a short while before Marcel Ott’s discovery, phylloxera had wreaked havoc on the vines. The land was cheaper but had been replanted too quickly and badly. The wine had lost a great deal of its soul in the vineyard’s reconstruction. Marcel Ott bought several estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to create great Provencal wines from noble grape varieties.
Today, 120 years later, cousins Jean-François and Christian Ott dedicate their life to their ancestor’s love for the site. In 2004, Domaines Ott* joined Louis Roederer and its fabulous selection of wine craftsmen.
Christian and Jean-François run three estates: Château de Selle, Clos Mireille and Château Romassan. Each of these properties has its own individual charm and personality. Each can be proud of their extremely elegant rosé, red and white wines. In their cellars reigns one sovereign wine: the famous “Cœur de Grain”. This jewel of sophistication is considered the unrivalled queen of rosé, all over the world.
THE ETERNAL YOUTH OF THE AMPHORA
Cœur de Grain represents wine-making genius, and its bottle could be considered a veritable master-stroke…
Which proud and skilled vintner, continually attacked by competition (however far from the mark), has never dreamed of providing their wine the sanctum of an exclusive, unique and instantly recognisable bottle? In 1930 René Ott did exactly that. He who never stopped loving Provence, its hills and shorelines punctuated by Cypresses and uninterrupted rows of vines, created a bottle with slender curves inspired by the grace of the landscape.
Today, it is still the signature of Domaines Ott* and evokes the memory of elegant amphora that kept the wine cool many centuries ago.
Learn more at the Domaines Ott website.