Domaines Ott Château Romassan Bandol Rosé
Vintage: 2017 (Current)
Wine & Spirits
““This feels like fine Italian cashmere,” said tasting director Sarah Sutel Looper when she tasted this wine. A pale rosé based on mourvedre, with small amounts of grenache and cinsault, it’s reticent at first, needing time in the glass to fill in that luxurious texture with notes of herbs and tart berries. The pink-grapefruit acidity keeps it lifted and long, an elegant rosé for grilled fish or a Provence-inspired vegetable gratin.”
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 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.
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.
Once again, this vintage suffered from very high temperatures and not enough rain. Flowering started in late May in perfect conditions as the emergence of the first bunches was to prove. But, the hot weather, not dissimilar to the heatwave of 2003, immediately set in. The condition of the grapes indicated that the harvest would be early, and it eventually started on 14 August. The harvest volume was down by about 20%, but the grapes were very homogeneous and of impeccable quality. The first tastings indicated that the wines would be very well balanced. The heat persisted, but careful winemaking allowed the wines to preserve their freshness and fruit.
Varietals: 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault, 20% Grenache
Suggested Retail Price: $52.00