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. Regarded as the “gold standard of rosé” by The Wall Street Journal, in 2016 Domaines Ott* has released a new cuvée, By. Ott.
Made in Château de Selle’s completely new cellar, part of the winery is exclusively dedicated to making By. Ott. 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.
2020 was another year characterised by particularly mild annual temperatures. The average 800 mm of rainfall was concentrated mainly from October to March. After a very mild winter, budburst was observed in the first fortnight of March. The mild weather at the end of May ensured that the flowering went off perfectly. The emergence of the clusters was uniform in all the vineyards. June brought long hot days. Due to the healthy conditions, the team decided to stop natural treatments, as well as the ploughing work, to prevent any stress to the vines, which continued along their life cycle, accompanied by hot summer days. They started harvesting on Wednesday 12 August to ensure that the 2020 vintage would have perfect balance and freshness.
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.
All Mediterranean cuisine.
Best served at 10°-12°C.
AOC Côtes de Provence