Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I decided to post this photo that I took yesterday, as I love the dramatic natural light. This is Anselme Selosse disgorging a bottle of Ambonnay rosé, as my reward for being cheeky enough to ask to taste rosé. Selosse’s “normal” rose (as if anything here could be called remotely normal) is a rosé d’assemblage, made of Oger chardonnay blended with a small percentage of Ambonnay pinot noir, but this particular bottle is of something entirely different.
This is pure Ambonnay pinot noir, all from 2004, macerated for about eight hours before pressing. It was sulfured only once, at the beginning, so the color is a little “gris” rather than brightly pink, but the fruit remains deliciously fresh, with a silky texture and long, complex, spicy aromas. There’s a bold depth of flavor here, but overall this emphasizes the finesse of Ambonnay rather than the power, and the finish is gorgeous, going on and on in elegant, detailed length. This is one of the three best rosés I’ve drunk all year (and for whatever reason, I’ve been drinking a lot of rosé this year). God only knows when he’s going to ever release it (it is Selosse, after all), but I highly doubt that it will be either inexpensive or widely available. Nevertheless, something to look forward to.