Domaine Ott 2020 Offer

Domaines Ott Rose Release – The original and still the best
compelling value as world-class wines go. JOSH RAYNOLDS

In 2004, Louis Roederer purchased a controlling stake in Domaines Ott from the Ott family, but to this day, cousins Christian and Jean-François Ott continue to manage the three estates involved: Clos Mireille, Château Romassan and Château de Selle. While prices are high, the quality bar is too. WINE ADVOCATE, 2021

The story of the rise of Domaines Ott is a long one. Circa 1896 a young Marcel Ott left his home of Alsace to follow a dream and plant an estate in Provence, as you do. The ambition, right from the get go, was to produce rose of the highest potential quality. I am pretty sure there would have been a healthy dose of lifestyle choice there too, move from dreary old Alsace to gorgeous Provence… but that doesn’t fit with the narrative.

The real beginning of the Domaines Ott was the acquisition the acquisition of the Chateau de Selle, a property formally planted to herbs and olives (from memory). Later he took possession of the Clos Mireille and finally the Chateau Romassan in Bandol. These three unique and special sites form the backbone of the estate and are bottled individually to highlight their terroirs. Each as distinctive as their iconic bottles.

The foresight and dedication of the late, great Marcel Ott to focus on such remarkable vineyards at a time well before Rose from Provence was as cherished globally as it is nowadays has paid dividends. Today they stand amongst the most beloved wines globally and allocations are eagerly gobbled up by the world’s top wine bars, restaurants, wine merchants and, of course, switched on consumers.

In terms of the actual wines, for anyone not familiar with the Domaines Ott, it really bares repeating that these are not your average, quaffable, easy drinking tipple. While they lack nothing in the pure enjoyability stakes they also offer far more character and detail than you will find in the overwhelming majority of Rose produced anywhere. They are texturally intriguing and mineral laden wines that clearly demonstrate their soils and often a waft of the sea breeze. Don’t judge these as rose, judge them as great wine that happens to be pale in colour, then judge all rose after against these and ask “do they stand up to Domaines Ott?”.

Like the wines of Tempier these have a humungous following and usually sell out every year. We have only ten dozen of the Romassan and about twenty dozen of the Mireille. I have included the reviews from Josh Raynolds below. If you want to skip that though then the short version is these are tremendous, both with remarkable balance, enticing textural elements and plenty of lively, refreshing fruit. Rose just doesn’t get better than this. The Romassan is a touch richer, the fruit a little more punchy, while Mireille leans in to the nervy, enlivening and snappy expression of Ott. Both are gorgeous.

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