Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. Today, the wineries are owned and managed by Champagne Louis Roederer, producing some of the world’s most prestigious wines. These wines are made at three distinctively different estates: Château Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Château de Selle (both Côtes de Provence).
TERROIR AND VINEYARDS
Château Romassan is located in the Bandol appellation and lies at the foot of the village of Le Castellet. The soil has poor fertility, but is offset by the large amount of stone, in particular lime and sandstone. The winery is located on 148 acres, which are fully devoted to wine production.
WINEMAKING AND WINE
The blend for the 2008 Château Romassan rosé is:
• 50% Mourvèdre, a local variety that gives the wine its round, robust quality
• 35% Cinsault, which adds a fresh, silky elegance
• 15% Grenache, which rounds off the wine and gives it body, strength and bouquet.
The grapes are all hand picked and go through a stringent selective grape 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 2008 Château Romassan rosé has a pale salmon, hardly pink color. At first the nose is very peachy, finishing on nuances of white flowers with hints of menthol. There is an opulent attack on the palate. It is very rich with plenty of matter. This wine reveals all the classic apricot and peach flavors of Coeur de Grain behind a touch of licorice. It finishes on grilled and charred nuances mingled with spices. There is good freshness and fine length. It is a wine very much in its youth, still rather closed on the palate, but just asking to open up.