A perennial favourite wine of the summer its easy to forget just how good Ott is compared to other Provençal rosés. Everything about it is more refined, precise and penetrating with captivating flavours and intriguing length. This world famous domaine was founded in Provence in 1912 by Marcel Ott, an agricultural engineer who dreamed of creating a great wine estate in the Mediterranean. Chateau de Selle was planted around an 18th century country house in the Var region and then in the 1950s the Romassan vineyard was planted in the heart of the Bandol region. This Provencal rosé has the distinctive Bandol strength of character made from Mourvédre, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah planted on the rocky terraces of limestone, sandstone and marl.
Its pale, ethereal pink colour tinted with gold or orange, releases a bouquet of citrus fruits and white orchard flowers. On the palate, the immediate effect is lively and bright, revealing notes of pink grapefruit, fleshy fruit and, once the wine has had a chance to breathe, hints of fruit tart. The finish is complex and impressively long.
Ott is not a frivolous wine for gulping on a hot day at a party or in the park, and works best when set to a proper meal - I'd have it around early evening with a selection of light salads being sure to capture flavours of zest and piquancy like pomegranate, chicory, citrus fruits and fresh fruit.
Origin: Bandol / Provence / France