Domaines Ott BY.OTT 2019
Known for its distinctive bottles, Domaines Ott BY.OTT is blended and bottled in the new Château de Selle cellar, where part of the winery is exclusively devoted to its production. The entire process is controlled – from the blending to the storage -, ensuring the perfect quality expected of these wines. BY.OTT is an elegant extension to the Domaines Ott range, and a truly Provençal wine with conviviality and friendship at its heart. Pale and pretty in crystal-clear pink with orange undertones. The nose is delicate and fruity with notes of white peach and apricot mixed with passion fruit and mango. The taste is full, fresh and crisp with echoes of the fruity aroma amplified by citrus zest and sweet spices (cinnamon and cardamom). All of the great Domaines Ott tradition in a friendly and elegant wine.
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Rabble Rose of Syrah 2020$24.00
This label illustrates the Siren Mermaid lures in weary pirates with her beauty,but she is not to be taken lightly. A live wire with something to say! Planted in 1996 on steep hillsides and a rolling valley at the confluence of sun, snow and sea. The vineyard weathers 40° diurnal shifts. The extremity of the climate creates fruit of uncommon concentration and uniform ripeness.This beautiful mermaid electrifies the senses with bright acidity and pops of strawberry pie, kiwi, floral, and passion fruit notes. Not one to take no for an answer, this dry rose leaves the palate with deep smooth layers of fruit, minerality with a lasting impression of just how memorable she is.
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin$499.00
In 1549, Pierre de Beaucastel bought a barn with its land holdings at Coudoulet. More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Château de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
In 1903, a young chemical engineer and mathematics professor named Pierre Perrin, together with his father-in-law, began to restore the domaine following the ravages of phylloxera. His son, Jacques Perrin, took over the domaine in 1953. Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre’s sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated organically: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical weed killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards.
A heady blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise, the Hommage has consistently garnered high scores in the wine world.
Its powerful, elegant, attractive
nose is marked by Mourvèdre with opulent notes of liquorice and violet. On
the palate, it reveals great complexity with superb notes of spices, red fruit and
thyme, perfectly balanced by supple tannins with finesse and beautiful
freshness. Infinitely elegant, this wine is the perfect combination of finesse and
power, a flamboyant hommage to Jacques Perrin.
1.5 L and 3.0 L available – please call for more information.
96 Points – Decanter
Orders must be received by November 19, 2021 for December delivery.
Guilhem Tournier Rose 2018, Bandol$30.00
The Bandol wine region, located near the coast east of Marseille and Cassis, is one of Provence’s most internationally recognized wine regions. Built around the village of Bandol, west of Toulon, the Bandol AOC covers the production of 8 communes with silicon & limestone soils. Those soils and the warm, coastal climate are ideally suited for the late ripening Mourvèdre grape which is the major variety of the region. For both the red and rosé wines, Mourvèdre must account for at least 50% of the blend, though most producers will use significantly more, with Grenache & Cinsaut usually filling out the rest of the wine’s composition.
People brag about drinking “back vintages” of Tempier Rosé for good reason: It’s a cellar-worthy wine that happens to be a rosé.
The same goes for Bandol Rosé from Château Guilhem Tournier. It has garnered a reputation among sommeliers and retailers for its amazing quality and age-worthiness.
Tournier and Tempier have a few things in common, such as being neighbors overlooking the Bay of Bandol.
They also share heritage. During WWII, Tournier’s grandfather and Lucien Peyraud trekked to Beaucastel and Simone for Mourvèdre clippings to restore their vineyards ravaged by Phylloxera and war.
With such prestigious vines and a very small (4 hectares) vineyard, Tournier makes Mourvèdre the centerpiece of his wines.
You could even call Tournier’s dedication to Mourvèdre extreme. He’s one of the few who use more than 60% in their Rosés—Tournier’s goes to 90%—and even fewer who do it successfully. You can see this in Robert Parker’s ratings of 2018 Bandol Rosés.
Few Bandol producers use as much as Tournier does because the variety is finicky and expensive to farm.
And, when they do use a lot of Mourvèdre, it often comes with a much higher price tag. For example: Tempier’s high end Bandol Rouge, Cabassaou, has 95% Mourvèdre and retails for $135–more than double Tempier Bandol (which has 75% Mourvèdre).
Part of Tournier’s success comes from being a farming purist. Organic and biodynamic, of course; horse and plow. And super light touch winemaking: native yeasts, filtering and fining with plant based material—Vegan.
With all that TLC, no wonder Guilhem Tournier Rosé gets top marks from Robert Parker—even higher than the appellation elite.
91 Points – Robert Parker