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Domaines Ott

"Le Vin Riviera"

Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Marcel Ott, an agricultural engineer from Alsace who dreamed of establishing a great wine estate near the Mediterranean. He moved to Cavalaire in 1896 and founded Château de Selle in 1912, followed by Clos Mireille in 1935 and then Château Romassan in 1956.  These wines are made at the distinctively different estates in the Bandol and Côtes de Provence appellations.

Domaines Ott was managed by Marcel’s descendants until 2004 when the Estates were purchased by Champagne Louis Roederer to add to their impressive portfolio of iconic Domaines. Several of the Ott family members remain involved in production.

Stringent cultivation techniques are practiced using natural fertilizers and manual debudding for restrictive volume yields. The grapes are hand picked, followed by strict and selective sorting on tables and an extremely delicate pressing process of whole bunches with a super short maceration to produce the beautiful light colour. Slow fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated vats then ageing in oak casks. Bottling is done the following spring. These are just some of the reasons why this wine has acquired the reputation of being one of the ‘finest vintage rosés in the world’.

Clos Mireille: Acquired in 1935, the Côtes de Provence appellation has 50 hectares planted to vines. The land was entirely remodelled and replanted in the 1930s. It is currently going through its third remodelling with a four year programme where plots have been ripped out and planted with various grass crops that will condition and prepare the soils for replanting, increasing production in the future. Clos Mireille is an ancient terrain well known for its mix of silica, clay and schist soils and the estate’s broad seafront location. The microclimate and the sea spray provide highly favourable conditions for white wines and the parcels used in the “blanc” slope down as far as the sea. The vines are levelled into espaliers to enable even tilling and planting and are pruned and trained using the double cordon method.

Grape varieties: Only two grape varieties are used for the distinctive Blanc de Blancs produced here: Sémillon for honeyed roundness and Rolle for its floral, fruity notes.

Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah make up the world famous Coeur de Grain Rosé, produced by the saignée method.

Château Romassan: Situated at the foot of the village of Le Castellet in the heart of the Bandol appellation, Château Romassan became part of the Ott holdings in 1956. All 69 hectares are planted with vines and were entirely remodelled and replanted over a 30-year period. This region is known for its terraced landscapes built from the hard stone, with vines planted into vast terraces with varying exposures. The poor soil in Bandol comprising of limestone, sandstone and marl stresses the vines encouraging them to establish themselves deep in the terroir.

Grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre are grown for this Coeur de Grain Rosé, also made by the saignée method. This wine has a spicier character than the Clos Mireille rosé. The estate also produces a red wine with superb texture and ageing potential coming from a Mourvèdre based blend.

The story of the Ott star: At the turn of the 20th century, Marcel Ott wanted to patent his name and law required that he add a distinctive symbol; he chose the star.

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Clos Mireille Rosé 2015 — Domaines Ott

Clos Mireille Rosé 2015

AOC Côtes de Provence

60% Grenache
22% Cinsault
10% Syrah
5% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Rolle

Tasting note

A wonderful pastel colour with salmon notes and hints of copper and pink gold. The elegant and delicate bouquet develops aromas of candied melon and citrus zest, both fresh and heady. On the palate the immediate expression is energising, like morning dew, with bursts of fruity redcurrant notes.

The seductive balance is a vibrant tribute to the Clos Mireille terroir, combining the generosity of precise ripeness with the crisp freshness of summer fruits, such as apricot and peach.

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Clos Mireille Blanc de Blancs 2014 — Domaines Ott

Clos Mireille Blanc de Blancs 2014

AOC Côtes de Provence

70% Sémillon
30% Rolle

Tasting note

Very light gold colour. The powerful and expressive nose is a blend of ripe fruit aromas, such as vineyard peach, notes of sweet spices (vanilla, aniseed, and cardamom), and floral hints of lily. Dry with roundness of ripe almost honeyed fruit, and finishes with a crisp lively freshness. The Blanc de Blancs 2014 is a vintage that maintains a fine balance between aromatic complexity and vitality.

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Château Romassan Rosé 2015 — Domaines Ott

Château Romassan Rosé 2015

AOC Bandol

54% Mourvèdre
22% Cinsault
22% Grenache
2% Syrah

Tasting note

Pale in colour with salmon inflections. The bouquet is complex, fresh and delicate with notes of citrus, peach and delicate florals. On the palate, this wine is exceptionally fresh and balanced. Expressive, with flavours of grapefruit zest and white peach.

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By. Ott Rosé 2015 — Domaines Ott

By. Ott Rosé 2015

AOC Côtes de Provence

70% Grenache
20% Cinsault
10% Syrah

Tasting note

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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Château Romassan Rouge 2012 — Domaines Ott

Château Romassan Rouge 2012

AOC Bandol

90% Mourvèdre
10% Grenache

Tasting note

Inviting bright garnet colour with deep purple tints. The nose is delightful and elegant, combining notes of red fruits and spices. The blend of Mourvèdre and Grenache gives notes of blackcurrant, thyme, and peppery spices. The mouth is supple and harmonious, with aromas of red fruits with a slightly menthol undertone.

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Toby Webb interviews Jean-François Ott

Toby Webb interviews Jean-François Ott

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MMD´s Icon Tasting at Gaggenau

MMD´s Icon Tasting at Gaggenau

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LRIWWA 2016 Winners announced

LRIWWA 2016 Winners announced

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By. Ott wins Gold in the Rosé Masters

By. Ott wins Gold in the Rosé Masters

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LRIWWA 2016 Shortlist announced

LRIWWA 2016 Shortlist announced

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The Yorkshire Post Recommends By.Ott

The Yorkshire Post Recommends By.Ott

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