Domaines Ott Étoile
Vin de France, France
July 31, 2023, Kristen Bieler
“This has purity and persistence to the sweet peach, watermelon and dried strawberry flavors, with a chalky mineral spine supporting a juicy, round palate marked by herb and smoke undertones. Shows surprising length, which is driven by pink grapefruit acidity and talclike tannins. A serious, well-made rosé. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2025.”
June 13, 2022, Elizabeth Gamay MW
“Creamy ripe red fruit, floral notes and garrigue aromas, showing similarity to Domaines Ott’s Château de Selle 2021. On the palate there’s juicy cherries, raspberries, crunchy red apples and wild berries, not fruit driven but intense, silky and waxy, leading to mouthwatering acidity with firm saline mineral notes and some black fruit (from the Mourvèdre) coming through on the finish. Lovely weight, texture and intensity with plenty of suggestions of more fruit to follow as the wine opens up. Still youthful, needs time to open up a little more.”
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).
Étoile reveals the identity of these three Provençal terroirs whilst accentuating their elegance, tension and incredible spirit:
- The schist terroir at Clos Mireille is reflected in the delectable saline character of this cuvée
- The limestone soils at Château de Selle give this wine its finesse
- The calcareous sandstone and sandy marl soils at Château Romassan imbue Étoile with structure and power
The color is a bright pale pink flecked with silver. The nose is enveloping, mineral and dominated by citrus fruit and enriched by aromas of mango, white peach, raspberry and roasted almonds. The palate shows a remarkable continuity. Very intense, it takes on breadth with grapefruit zest and empyreumatic notes and ends with a very long, mouth-watering finish and a touch of liquorice.
A balmy autumn was followed by an equally mild winter. It was the time for manuring our soils and butting up the vines. After enjoying their rest, the vines stirred into life again with a classic budburst in early spring. On the night of 8 April, some of the vines where hit by frost. But nature surprised us by allowing new buds to emerge and bear fruit. The spring was rainy and the start of the flowering was late. The summer was hot, as it has been for almost 10 years, with heatwaves of varying duration and intensity. On 19 August, the grape pickers set to work to harvest the first bunches of Grenache.
Varietals: 80% Grenache & 20% Mourvèdre
Aging: 25% aged in spherical ceramic vats to accentuate the purity of the fruit