Domaines Ott Château Romassan Bandol Rosé
August 14, 2018, Josh Raynolds
“Light, vivid orange-pink. A complex, expansive bouquet displays fresh citrus fruit and red berry scents, along with a suave floral overtone and a chalky mineral quality. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering intense strawberry, cherry pit and blood orange flavors that are lifted and given cut by a jolt of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding clarity and a sexy lavender quality on the finish, which hangs on with impressive, mineral-driven tenacity.”
July 1, 2017, Roger Voss
“Dominated by the local Mourvedre grapes, this is a ripe and complex wine. Its acidity is integrated with rich yellow fruits, spice and perfume. This wine is floral, poised and very stylish.”
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.
Pale pink with rose hip coloured tints. The nose is elegant and delicate with good freshness and vinosity. It initially displays aromas of pomelo which evolve to more complex notes of vine peach, almond and white flowers. The palate combines finesse and body. It is silky and dense with a taut structure that gives an impression of freshness. Red fruit aromas blend harmoniously with notes of spice to give this wine its elegance and complexity.
Varietals: 60% Mourvèdre, 26% Cinsault, 11% Grenache, 3% Syrah
Suggested Retail Price: $52.00