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.
Château Romassan is located in the Bandol appellation and lies at the foot of the village of Le Castellet. The soil is poor, composed of limestone, sandstone, and marine upper cretaceous marls. The Bandol appellation is known for its terraced landscapes built from the hard stone with vines, which are planted into vast terraces with varying exposures. The sea air from the bay of Bandol compensates for the terroir’s acidity and low rainfall. The winery is located on 148 acres, which are fully devoted to wine production. Cultivation methods are traditional and the soil is mechanically tilled and young shoots are trained with the greatest care to the plant.
The grapes are all hand picked and go through a stringent selective grape sorting. All grapes are de-stalked. Fermentation is done in thermo-regulated vats followed by ageing in oak casks for 18 to 20 months.
The impact of climate change could really be felt in 2016. The warm weather at the end of the summer and very little rain until mid-October were reminiscent of the 2004 and 2005 vintages. The Rosés confirmed their consistency, showing remarkable aplomb and obvious elegance, while the whites revealed a purity that excelled even beyond their reputation and carved out a generous flavor on the palate.
Deep garnet red hue and a fresh, spicy nose characterized by subtle notes of rosemary. The unique character of the terroir is revealed after aeration with aromas of black fruit, roasted notes and peppermint. The palate is silky, dense and remarkably elegant whilst remaining true to its powerful southern character.
Excellent with beef ribs, spicy dishes, strong cheese.
Best served at 15°-16°C.
November 30, 2020, Gillian Sciaretta
“A sinewy red, with smooth layers of currant and blackberry flavors flanked with graphite, anise and black chocolate details. A smoky note makes this brooding but inviting, with savory spice and black tea accents sailing along into the finish. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2028.”