Domaines Ott Château Romassan Bandol Rosé
August 1, 2017, Fiona Beckett
“Enticingly golden, pink-tinged, Mourvedre-based rose that manages to combine freshness with depth and complexity. Savoury, a lovely touch of white peach balancing a gorgeous creamy texture. All you could want from a rose. Drink with: carpaccio, beef tartare, lobster spaghetti.”
September 1, 2016, James Molesworth
“A long and refined rosé, with a very stony spine supporting light rosemary, white pepper, dried peach and jicama notes that stay tightly focused through the mineral-edged finish. The ample energy is tightly harnessed, like the vibration of a tuning fork.”
July 1, 2016, Roger Voss
“The Mourvèdre in this blend gives this wine a distinctive perfumed, structured character. Soft and rich yellow and tropical-fruit flavors are spiced with the edge of tannins and youthful red-fruit flavors. It is intensely ripe and also crisp with acidity.”
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 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, followed by an extremely delicate pressing process. Fermentation is done in thermo-regulated vats followed by aging in oak casks for six to eight months.
The color is pale pink with salmon tints. The bouquet is complex, fresh and delicate. Fruity citrus and peach notes come to the fore. When aired, the wine develops towards fresher, floral notes. On the palate, this wine boasts a subtle balance with immediate appealing freshness which then becomes denser. Expressive aromas of fresh fruit, grapefruit zests and white peach combine with fine persistence.
Varietals: 54% Mourvèdre, 22% Cinsault, 22% Grenache, 2% Syrah
Suggested Retail Price: $52.00