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.
The soil is poor, composed of limestone, sandstone,and marine Upper Cretaceous marls. The sea air from the Bay of Bandol compensates for the terroir’s acidity and low rainfall.
The grapes are all hand picked and go through a stringent selective sorting, followed by an extremely delicate pressing process. Fermentation is done in thermo-regulated vats followed by ageing in oak casks for six to eight months
‘The years go by but every year is different’. This quote finds its true meaning with this new vintage whilst also reminding us of the challenges faced by the winemaker. 2019 began with a heatwave in February which is quite unusual for this time of the year. This was then followed by unusually cold weather in April and May which slowed the vine’s growing cycle. The weather settled during the flowering phase with warm, sunny weather and slightly cool nights. We had to observe and adapt to the vine on a daily basis in order to give it what it needed and save it from stress. The health of the grapes was excellent thanks to the consistently warm weather. The harvests kicked off in mid-August and quality was excellent across all the domaines with good balance and expression of the fruit.
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.
All Mediterranean cuisine. Roasted vegetables, cured meats, sushi, and gently spiced Asian dishes.
Best served at 10°-12°C.
Wine Enthusiast: 93 Points