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).
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.
The blend for the 2009 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 2009 Château Romassan rosé has a pale salmon pink color. At first there are aromas of stone fruit, particularly peach, that quickly tend towards red fruit and white flowers, with a trace of sweet spices such as cinnamon. The attack on the palate is silky, evolving rapidly towards a rich and solid structure. The wine is very generous, lingering on notes of stone fruit, followed by a vinous finish with spicy dominance.