Domaines Ott Château Romassan Bandol Rouge
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 2014 vintage displays a deep, ruby hue. The wine is elegant and appetizing on the nose, revealing concentrated red berry aromas combined with subtle toasted notes. The mourvèdre creates a dense and austere attack, characteristic of the Bandol terroir. Blended with the perfect amount of syrah and grenache, the wine, on the palate, is brimming with blackberries and spices, along with some fresher notes. This aromatic bouquet ends with a powerful, silky finish.
A westerly air flow prevailing in Europe brought abundant rainfall during the winter period and exceptionally mild temperatures to the region. Consequently, the vines’ growth cycle began at the beginning of April, around fifteen days earlier than in 2013. Flowering commenced on 26 May, during a very mild spring. These special conditions were ideal for the development of the vines, and resulted in very homogenous bunches of grapes for all the grape varieties, indicating a large harvest.
Varietals: 80% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache
Wine Alcohol: 15%