Domaines Ott Étoile
Vin de France, France
December 4, 2023, Kristen Bieler
“This mineral-driven version is silky and soft on the palate, with light notes of wildflowers, white raspberry and peach hovering over a bed of crushed stone and flint. A delicate, understated style, with some simmering power underneath. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now”
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
Pale peach hue with golden tints. The first nose is fresh and expressive releasing aromas of elderflowers with a delicate vanilla note. It then shows complexity quickly disclosing notes of peaches with a hint of citrus and exotic fruit. The smooth and broad iodised palate carries the purity of the fruit, complemented by light orange peel aromas. Étoile ends with a well-balanced finish of chalky minerality and sweet spice.
Once again, the 2022 vintage did not bring much water to our Provençal vineyards. This was very difficult for the vine and was also a real challenge for the winegrower. Over the course of its history, Domaines Ott has evolved to cope well in such conditions. With low rainfall levels up until late June and very high summer temperatures, all of our efforts were focused on keeping our clusters in an environment that was as cool as possible. To obtain perfectly ripe grapes, we were still hoping for some rain before the harvest. This long-awaited rainfall did not arrive until 17 August which was the very first day of harvesting. But we did not have just rain, we also had some hail, which was fortunately accompanied by heat and wind. All of the grapes were in the cellars by 29 September.
Varietals: 78% Grenache & 22% Mourvèdre
Aging: 25% aged in spherical ceramic vats to accentuate the purity of the fruit