The young Alsatian agricultural engineer, Marcel Ott, moved to southeast France in 1896 with the ambition for the vineyards to produce great wines despite being ravaged by phylloxera. Today, the OTT family is perpetuating this know-how to produce a range of rosé, red and white Provence wines from three estates: Château de Selle, Clos Mireille and Château Romassan. Created by René Ott in 1903, the iconic and immediately recognisable Domaines OTT bottle showcases the quality of these great wines. Domaine Ott joined the Louis Roederer house in 2004.
Produced in Vin de France, Étoile rosé 2020 by Domaines OTT is an “independent” wine which aims to develop, through a free composition, the expression of the best of the Clos Mireille, Château de Selle and Château de Romassan terroirs.
2020 was marked by very mild temperatures and concentrated rainfall from October to March. The mild winter encouraged budding in early March, followed by an optimal, uniform flowering thanks to good spring conditions. The summer heat allowed the vines to calmly continue their cycle. Harvest began on 12 August to ensure maximum balance and freshness for the vintage.
Winemaking and ageing
The Cuvée Étoile 2020 by Domaines OTT is particularly distinguished through its ageing process, where 25% of its wines are aged in ceramic sphères to fully express the purity of the fruit.
The wine is a crystal-clear, pinkish mother-of-pearl colour.
The first nose evokes aromas of grapefruit and vanilla. During the tasting, refreshing, lemony fragrances mix with notes of citrus, exotic fruit, vine peach, raspberry and mimosa.
The silky and tangy palate seduces with its roundess, fruity notes (mango, passion fruit) and its beautiful freshness sustained by intense aromas of lime and mandarin peel. Persistent and saline, the finish is marked by subtly peppery notes. Étoile 2020 by Domaines OTT expresses its original terroirs with authenticity and elegance. While Clos Mireille’s schistose soils bring a delicious salinity, Château de Selle’s limestone terroir imparts finesse and elegance, and Château Romassan’s terroir of calcareous sandstone and sandy marl develops the structure and aromatic richness which is characteristic of this cuvée.