Domaines Ott*

Savour the colour of time

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 2021 — Domaines Ott*

Clos Mireille Rosé 2021

AOC Côtes de Provence

70% Grenache
25% Cinsault
5% Syrah

Tasting note

The wine reveals a pink pastel hue with pearly highlights and an expressive, crisp, fruity nose redolent of citrus, boxwood, white fruit and tangy mango.
After a lively attack, the palate appears taut, unctuous and elegant with a typical fresh summer fruit vibrancy. Clos Mireille 2021 is a rosé that bursting with freshness and delicious flavours.

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Château Romassan Rosé 2021 — Domaines Ott*

Château Romassan Rosé 2021

AOC Bandol

55% Mourvèdre
30% Cinsault
15% Grenache

Tasting note

The wine has a bright appearance with a light peach hue.
The nose bursts with aromas of citrus interwoven with subtly spicy fragrances of white flowers.
The dense, silky palate shows finesse and substance along with a pleasing tension. The wine reveals luscious aromas of grapefruit and wild peaches followed by a lingering liquorice and spice finish.

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Étoile 2021 — Domaines Ott*

Étoile 2021

80% Grenache
20% Mourvedre

Tasting note

The colour is a bright pale pink flecked with silver.
The nose is enveloping, mineral and dominated by citrus fruit and enriched by aromas of mango, white peach, raspberry and roasted almonds. The palate shows a remarkable continuity. Very intense, it takes on breadth with grapefruit zest and empyreumatic notes and ends with a very long, mouth-watering finish and a touch of liquorice.

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By. Ott Rosé 2021 — Domaines Ott*

By. Ott Rosé 2021

AOC Côtes de Provence

62% Grenache
27% Cinsault
6% Syrah
5% Mouvèdre

Tasting note

The wine displays a vibrant blush hue.
Expressive, fruity nose with aromas of wild peaches and redcurrants.
Fresh and bright with a nicely balanced body which reveals a silky, velvety texture. On the palate, the wine bursts with notes of peach and citrus fruits and finishes with a fusion of plum and cardamon aromas.

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BY.OTT Blanc 2021 — Domaines Ott*

BY.OTT Blanc 2021

AOC Côtes de Provence

50% Semillon
50% Rolle

Tasting note

Pale gold hue with a light green tinge. Very expressive nose in which exotic fruit notes blend with jasmine and primrose, before revealing notes of mirabelle plum and lemon peel. On the palate, the wine is fresh but with a lovely body. Its tangy character opens up to reveal aromas of mango and passion fruit. The wine lingers on the palate and finishes with a silky and lemony finish.

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Clos Mireille Blanc 2020 — Domaines Ott*

Clos Mireille Blanc 2020

AOC Côtes de Provence

67% Sémillon
33% Rolle

Tasting note

Bright pale-yellow hue with a pale green tinge.
This wine reveals intense aromas of lemon, kaffir lime, melon and peach.
Fresh and clean with notes of dried white fruit lifted by marked minerality. The mouthfeel is silky yet refreshingly crisp. A bouquet of white flowers and lemon zest characterise its finish, alongside the saline notes that are so typical of Clos Mireille.

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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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