Selladore En Provence Rose is the new name for Williams Chase Rose. The wine is still made in exactly the same way, by the same winemaker, Dale Clarke, with grapes from the same vineyards.
Selladore En Provence Rose is bottled as a Coteaux Varois En Provence Appellation D’Origine Protegee (AOP). The Coteaux Varois surrounds the city of Bignoles and encompasses 28 communes. The soils here are generally clayey – limestone soils rich in flint stones and the vineyards benefit from a special microclimate due to their high altitude (the vineyards are located at an average of 350m above sea level).
Chase’s vineyard’s at Domaine St Jean de Villacroze, which they have owned since 2015, are now spread over 27 hectares of vineyards across the prestigious appellations of the Coteaux Varois en Provence and the Côtes de Provence.
The grapes for Selladore En Provence Rose are harvested in the early hours of the morning to preserve the freshness (and maintains optimum acidity) in the wine and the grape varieties are vinified separately which allows more control over the final blend. After the grapes are destemmed there is a gentle pressing followed by minimal skin contact which is what gives the wine its delicate pink colour. The wine undergoes a temperature controlled fermentation below 17˚C in stainless steel tanks and a portion of the blend is aged on the lees with regular lees stirring which enhances creaminess and texture. Selladore En Provence Rose is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and the white grape Vermentino (also known locally as Rolle) which lends some peachy character.
Selladore En Provence Rose is presented in a very smart, elegant bottle that matches the the Willams Chase Vodka and Gin bottles. One item of note is the closure – the wine is sealed with a rather cool Vinolok closure. Why not re-use the bottle for making sloe or damson gin or for making salad dressing?
And why Selladore En Provence? Selladore is a play on the words “Cellar Door”. For those of you into Phonaesthetics, the compound noun cellar door has been widely cited as an example of a word or phrase that is beautiful purely in terms of its sound (i.e., euphony) without inherent regard for its meaning. Something that proprietor William Chase learnt at school and never forgot.
Sometimes available in 1.5L magnums – please check here for current availability.