2020 Domaines Ott "Château Romassan" Rouge, Bandol, France

Presents a lovely garnet hue. The nose opens with spices, nicely set off by slightly minty notes.
On entry to the palate, the wine is dense and fresh. This is a sunny wine with predominant black fruit aromas
which, combined with silky tannins, lend the wine a rich, luscious character and lingering flavors.

$87.99
$87.99

ABOUT THIS WINE

Château Romassan is the third estate acquired by the Ott family in 1956, located in the Bandol appellation and lies at the foot of the village of Le Castellet. The Bandol appellation is known for its terraced vineyards of varying exposures. The 220 acres of vineyards are split between the Bandol appellation’s eight communes and planted on marl and limestone soils that are particularly well suited to Mourvèdre. They are composed of two main climates. The grapes grown in the valley offer fresh, crunchy juice whereas those grown at higher altitudes on the terraced hillsides produce wines with more body and structure.

Hand-harvested grapes are cooled overnight. The grapes are gravity-fed into concrete tanks for maceration. Daily pumping of the juice over the pomace cap. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, followed by 18 to 24 months in bottle—well beyond the Bandol appellation's regulations.

ABOUT THIS PRODUCER

In 1896, after a tour of France’s many vineyards, Marcel Ott, a young graduate in agronomy engineering from Alsace, finally found an estate that inspired him. To set the scene, we are in Provence. The Mediterranean is lapping at the shore a mere stone’s throw away...

In these parts, growing vines is the legacy of ancient times. Alas, a short while before Marcel Ott’s discovery, phylloxera had wreaked havoc on the vines. The land was cheaper, but the vineyards would have to be replanted. The wine had lost a great deal of its soul in the vineyard’s reconstruction. Marcel Ott bought several estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to create great Provençal wines from noble grape varieties.

Almost 130 years later, the story continues with Jean-François Ott, representing the 4th generation at the helm of Domaines Ott. 

In 2004, Domaines Ott joined the Roederer Collection and its fabulous selection of estates. 

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Grape(s) Mourvèdre, Grenache
Farming Organic