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.
A balmy autumn was followed by an equally mild winter.
After enjoying their rest, the vines stirred into life again with a classic budburst in early spring. On the night of 8 April, some of the vines where hit by frost but new buds emerged to bear fruit. The spring was rainy and the start of the flowering was late. The summer was hot, as it has been for almost 10 years, with heatwaves of varying duration and intensity. On 19 August, the grape pickers set to work to harvest the first bunches of Grenache.
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.
All Mediterranean cuisine.
Best served at 10°-12°C.
AOC Côtes de Provence