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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Étoile 2019 — Domaines Ott*

Étoile 2019

80% Grenache
20% Mourvedre

Tasting note

This is a very Provençal rosé, very Ott* in style yet with its own unique perfection, its own distinctive character. A winemaker’s wine, it explores an unexpected and exciting side of Provence.
The fruit is explosive, honest, bright and true to the Ott* signature style, yet it pushes the aromatic depth further with its exquisite body and mouthfeel. The subtle signs of ageing integrate smoothly into the intensity of the fruit, with its fresh, crunchy notes, subtle salinity and perfect balance. Richness and power strike a new balance, united by their intensity, freshness and seductive opulence.
Étoile reveals the identity of these three Provençal terroirs whilst accentuating their elegance, tension and incredible spirit. A new vision has emerged, the promise of a moment of pure magic to be savoured over and over.

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Clos Mireille Blanc 2017 — Domaines Ott*

Clos Mireille Blanc 2017

AOC Côtes de Provence

81% Sémillon
19% Rolle

Tasting note

Bright and clear with a yellow hue and golden tints. The rich and expressive nose reveals fresh, complex notes of white nectarine, acacia blossom, fresh hazelnut and citron. The palate is characterised by freshness and a rich, smooth texture underpinned by zesty notes of lemon verbena, pomegranate, white peach and Williams pear. Best served with fine charcuterie, grilled fish or a traditional Bouillabaisse fish soup.

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Clos Mireille Rosé 2019 — Domaines Ott*

Clos Mireille Rosé 2019

AOC Côtes de Provence

Grenache 63%
Cinsault 20%
Syrah 12%
Rolle 5%

Tasting note

This 2019 cuvée, with its pearly hue and sandy-gold tints, is characterised by its elegance. The saline, expressive and delicate nose exudes notes of citrus fruit, mango and sweet spices.The wine is fresh and fruity on entry to the palate before revealing an ample, silky-smooth structure with notes of nectarine, candied citrus fruit and blackcurrant buds. The finish is succulent and lively with flavours of white stone fruit and lemon zest.

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Château Romassan Rosé 2019 — Domaines Ott*

Château Romassan Rosé 2019

AOC Bandol

Mourvèdre 60%
Cinsault 25%
Grenache 15%

Tasting note

A beautifully clear, pale peach hue and a fresh, fruity nose. The aromas evolve towards notes of apricot and grapefruit.

The wine opens up with delicate spicy and citrus notes intertwined with aromas of white stone fruits.
The palate is fresh, appetising, complex and characterised by its well-defined structure. A refreshing touch of acidity on the finish creates lovely breadth and delightful lingering flavours.

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By. Ott Rosé 2019 — Domaines Ott*

By. Ott Rosé 2019

AOC Côtes de Provence

60% Grenache
25% Cinsault
10% Syrah
5% Mouvèdre

Tasting note

Lovely pink hue with glistening golden highlights.

The nose is full of crunchy yellow fruits and sunny citrus, with hints of hawthorn and pomegranate.On the palate the wine is delicate and silky  and broadens into a delicious freshness. The finish is charming and long.

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Château Romassan Rouge 2014 — Domaines Ott*

Château Romassan Rouge 2014

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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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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Domaines Ott* Launches the 2018 Vintage

Domaines Ott* Launches the 2018 Vintage

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