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.
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.
This 2020 reveals a brilliant light peach hue and a lovely aromatic intensity.
The nose is fresh and fruity with hints of peach and grapefruit. After aeration, aromas of white flesh fruits start to emerge and are set off by some fine spicy notes.
The palate is complex and luscious, buoyed by flavours of citrus and wild peaches. A touch of acidity on the finish gives this big and refined wine a pleasant persistence.
All Mediterranean cuisine. Roasted vegetables, cured meats, sushi, and gently spiced Asian dishes.
Best served at 10°-12°C.