2017 Domaines Ott Rosé Romassan
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $44.94 (was: $49.94)
Bandol is pretty much the holy grail of rosé, and within that tiny Provençal appellation, Domaines Ott looms pretty large. Today’s 2017 Bandol Rosé from Domaines Ott is one of the most luxuriously textured and brightly energetic rosés we’ve offered, with a melange of tart berry fruit and a smooth but persistent mouthfeel.
Rosé is too often just a casual summer sipper but in the hands of Roederer (producer of Cristal), this Bandol is a more of a crowd stunner than a crowd pleaser! It's bound to surprise even the most ardent skeptic of Provençal rosé.
Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott settled in Bandol back in 1896, and over the following 108 years the family built it into Bandol’s preeminent estate, following the rosé trend from provincial curiosity to global phenomenon. In 2004, Domaines Ott joined the great Champagne house Louis Roederer, which is why appreciable quantities are finally being imported stateside.
A classic blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault, and a splash of Grenache, the 2017 Bandol Rosé, crafted at their Château Romassan estate, is made from very gently crushed grapes pressed mere hours after harvest. The Romassan vineyard was acquired and replanted in 1956, but it took another 30 years before the terraced vineyards were up to Ott's standards for a Bandol rosé.
This is a decadent rosé from Bandol’s greatest producer, and it can be enjoyed any season of the year. Try it with roasted fish with herbs, a classic Provençal ratatouille, or your Thanksgiving supper. Cheers!