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. Today, the wineries are owned and managed by Champagne Louis Roederer and produce some of the world’s most prestigious wines, but particularly rosé wines, made at distinctively different estates in Bandol and Côtes de Provence appellations.
The soil is poor, composed of limestone, sandstone,and marine Upper Cretaceous marls. The sea air from the Bay of Bandol compensates for the terroir’s acidity and low rainfall.
The grapes are all hand picked and go through a stringent selective sorting, followed by an extremely delicate pressing process. Fermentation is done in thermo-regulated vats followed by ageing in oak casks for six to eight months.
Flowering was early due to a warm spring leading into a summer without excessive heat, and finishing with a mild late season. These particularly favourable weather conditions allowed for an ideal and consistent period of sunshine well suited to a slow ripening of the grapes giving them excellent aromatics. Expect nice freshness, lively aromas, and good acidity without excess; an almost perfect balance
A pale pink robe enhanced with salmon tints. The first nose is refreshing and delicate, and aeration produces fruity notes of citrus and vineyard peach blended with the more floral notes of jasmine. The attack in the mouth is very fresh, with liquorish notes, and then the mouthfeel becomes more ample and dense, and continues to develop over time with the persistent and expressive aromas of fresh fruits,
grapefruit, and apricot.
All Mediterranean cuisine. Roasted vegetables, cured meats, sushi, and gently spiced Asian dishes.
Best served at 10°-12°C.
Wine Enthusiast: 92 Points