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Ott Provence and Chapoutier Rhone Releases

20 July,2017
It has been a coup for distributor EuroVintage to have the wines of Domaines Ott in Provence, and M. Chapoutier in the Rhone as part of their portfolio. These are two of the most celebrated names of French winegrowing. The market has waxed and waned with the demand for some of the most prestigious bottlings, but there has always been a demand for the core wines which are faithful representations of their regions. Here I review two 2016 rosé wines, one from Provence, the other a Pays d’Oc, plus a Crozes-Hemitage and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, all of them classics, the latter two wines expressive of their vintages. www.eurovintage.co.nz


Domaines Ott ‘By Ott’ Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016

Rose from France – Other

Bright, very pale pink, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fresh and delicate with pure and subtle aromas of red florals and suggestions of red berry fruits and white stonefruits, and refreshing notes of mouthwatering wet-stone minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fresh and vibrant, subtly intense, but delicate flavour red florals, white stonefruits, and hints of red berry fruits harmoniously melded with thirst-quenching mineral elements. The palate juxtaposes delicacy and finesse with drive, depth and intensity. The wine flows with good energy and linearity to a very delicately nuanced, mouthwatering, dry finish of stonefruits and minerals. This is a very delicate dry rosé with finesse, intensity and a mouthwatering palate of florals, stonefruits and minerals. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. A blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Cinsault and Syrah, fruit from ‘Château de Selle’, ‘Mireille’ and contract growers, fermented to 13.5% alc. 18.0/20 Jul 2017 RRP $30.99

Chapoutier Pays d’Oc Rosé 2016

Rose from France – Other

Bright, even, light pink colour with some deph and slight purple hues on the rim. The nose is softly presented with fresh and delicate aromas of red florals and red berry fruits, showing subtle redcurrant notes, and gentle mineral elements, forming a finely concentrated, but rounded core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright and vigorous with aromatic flavours of red florals, redcurrants and berry fruits, and mineral nuances. The mouthfeel features crisp acidity and mouthwatering, fine-textured phenolics. The wine flows with some grip, leading to a dry, textural, thirst-quenching finish. This is a vigorous dry rosé, with floral and berry fruit flavours and thirst-quenching mineral notes on a crisp palate with dry grip. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, pressed for the rosé style, cool-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 3-4 months on lees in tank. 17.5-/20 Jul 2017 RRP $18.99

Chapoutier ‘Les Meysonniers’ Crozes-Hermitage 2015

Syrah from France – Rhone

Very dark, near impenetrable black-hued purple-red colour, very youthful in appearance. The nose is very elegantly concentrated and deep with densely packed aroma of ripe blackberries along with a subtle amalgam of black pepper, liquorice, minerals and earth, unveiling a little tar and game. This has ripeness and intensity. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and vibrantly ripe with fruit flavours of blackberries, black pepper, liquorice and spices interwoven with earthy and nutty notes forming a concentrated core. The mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh acidity and the fruit underlined by fine, grainy tannin extraction and grip. Black and violet florals, and a little ink, and nuances of tar and game unfold, lending complexing savouriness. The wine carries to a sweet fruit-focussed, lingering finish. This is a vibrant, rich and ripe black-fruited Crozes-Hermitage with pepper, liquorice, spice, floral and earthy detail on a fresh, lively, fine-grained structured palate. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8+ years. 100% Syrah, hand-picked and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months, 85% in concrete tanks and 15% in barrel. Certified FR-BIO-01 organic. 18.5-/20 Jul 2017 RRP $39.99

Chapoutier ‘La Bernadine’ Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014

Blended Red from France – Rhone

Even ruby-red colour with some darker hues at heart, a little lighter on the rim with some garnet. The nose is softly full and voluminous with gentle aromas of savoury red berry fruits along with notes of herbs, nuts and earth, unfolding red floral elements. The aromatic are smooth and harmonious in presentation. Medium-full bodied, the palate has good body and presence, and gently sweet flavours of red berry fruits, unfolding subtle notes of fresh and dried herbs, red florals and earth. The palate has deep and rounded core, and is supported by fine-grained tannin structure and integrated acidity. The flavours are somewhat reticent, but gently emerge to carry to a light finish of red fruits and herbs. This is a gently flavoured, harmonious Chateauneuf-du-Pape with subtle red berry fruit, herb and earth notes on a fine-textured palate with good vinosity. Serve with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5+ years. A blend of primarily Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine on skins approx. 3 weeks and aged 15 months in concrete tanks. 17.0+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $74.99
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