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.

Domaines Ott* has been farmed organically from the beginning. 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 was acquired in 1935 and this Côtes de Provence appellation has 50 hectares planted to vines. The land was entirely remodelled and replanted in the 1930s. It is farmed in cycles, in a programme where plots are pulled up and planted with various grass crops that will condition and prepare the soils for replanting, increasing production in the future, whilst also nourishing the soil and maintaining the quality of the land for future generations. 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 Clos Mireille Coeur de Grain Rosé, produced using the saignée method.

Château Romassan is 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 deep roots and concentrated fruit, leading to wines with a fuller body than those produced at Clos Mireille.

Grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre are grown for this Coeur de Grain Rosé, also made using 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. In 2020 Domaines Ott* released a new prestige cuvee, Étoile, named after this iconic symbol.

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Clos Mireille Rosé 2020 — Domaines Ott*

Clos Mireille Rosé 2020

AOC Côtes de Provence

Grenache 69%
Cinsault 24%
Rolle 5%
Syrah 2%

Tasting note

The 2020 vintage reveals a bright, crystal clear salmon hue and an assertive character.
The rich, fresh and fruity nose expresses aromas of melon and peach interspersed with subtle hints of strawberry. On entry, the wine is fresh and invigorating, buoyed by notes of lemon peel and zesty exotic fruit and accompanied by a full-bodied saline palate.
The finish, crunchy like summer fruit, lingers with lovely light notes leaving an impression of succulence.

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Château Romassan Rosé 2020 — Domaines Ott*

Château Romassan Rosé 2020

AOC Bandol

Mourvèdre 60%
Cinsault 20%
Grenache 20%

Tasting note

This 2020 reveals a brilliant light peach hue and a lovely aromatic intensity.
The nose is fresh and fruity with hints of peach and grapefruit. After aeration, aromas of white flesh fruits start to emerge and are set off by some fine spicy notes.
The palate is complex and luscious, buoyed by flavours of citrus and wild peaches. A touch of acidity on the finish gives this big and refined wine a pleasant persistence.

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By. Ott Rosé 2020 — Domaines Ott*

By. Ott Rosé 2020

AOC Côtes de Provence

60% Grenache
28% Cinsault
8% Syrah
4% Mouvèdre

Tasting note

The wine displays a bright, pretty peachy-pink hue.
The luscious nose blends aromas of white peach and exotic fruit with hints of vanilla. The whole is complemented by a lemony and slightly spicy touch reminiscent of Everlasting flowers.
The soft, broad palate is accompanied by a pleasant freshness that adds length and leads to a citrus and yellow fruit finish.

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Étoile 2020 — Domaines Ott*

Étoile 2020

80% Grenache
20% Mourvedre

Tasting note

The wine as a crystal-clear appearance tinged with pink mother-of-pearl. The captivating first nose is suggestive of grapefruit and vanilla. It then opens up with a lovely lemony and mineral freshness and an explosion of citrus and exotic fruit aromas. The complex ensemble is lifted by touches of wild peach, raspberries and mimosa. The wine is silky, luscious and tangy on entry to the palate, then becomes fuller, fatter and rounder with hints of mango and passion fruit. Its freshness, underpinned by the zesty character of lime and mandarin peel, leads to a saline finish with a subtle peppery persistence.

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Clos Mireille Blanc 2019 — Domaines Ott*

Clos Mireille Blanc 2019

AOC Côtes de Provence

90% Sémillon
10% Rolle

Tasting note

Beautiful soft yellow hue with silver tints. The complex and multifaceted nose reveals a myriad of aromas from freshly-baked brioche to broom flower, bay leaf and cardamom. The fresh and lively attack gives way to a rich and creamy mid-palate, the unmistakeable signature of our cuvées. Notes of candied lemon peel, hazelnut and sage impart succulence and depth of flavor.

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Château Romassan Rouge 2017 — Domaines Ott*

Château Romassan Rouge 2017

AOC Bandol

90% Mourvèdre
10% Grenache

Tasting note

The 2017 vintage displays a beautiful ruby red hue.
The nose opens with subtle menthol and spicy notes which give way to aromas of morello cherry and blackcurrant. These same fruit aromas are found on the palate, combined with a concentrated and fresh attack. The powerful structure is supported by silky smooth tannins which give this wine its excellent balance.

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The 2020 LRIWWA winners are announced

The 2020 LRIWWA winners are announced

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Domaines Ott* Comes Out On Top in Rosé Masters!

Domaines Ott* Comes Out On Top in Rosé Masters!

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Maisons Marques et Domaines holds its Annual Portfolio Tasting

Maisons Marques et Domaines holds its Annual Portfolio Tasting

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The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Winners Announced!

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Winners Announced!

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The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Shortlist is Announced

The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 Shortlist is Announced

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Domaines Ott* Launches Garden Terrace with Corinthia London

Domaines Ott* Launches Garden Terrace with Corinthia London

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