Domaines Ott dates to 1896 when Marcell Ott, a young agronomist, embarked on a wine tour of France and decided to buy land in Provence. He selected a terroir that required him to express his savoir-faire and passion. Today it is cousins Christian and Jean-Francois Ott that perpetuate this family heritage and are responsible for the oversight of the three estates: Château de Selle, Clos Mireille and Château Romassan. Each of these three properties is bottled under the same iconic label and in the singular slender bottle, which brings to mind the silhouette of an amphora.
…Protected by Roederer
In 2004, this group of family estates joined the other prestigious members of the Louis Roederer Champagne group. This famous champagne house, celebrated for its famous cuvee Cristal – originally created for the personal use of Tsar Alexander II – is a verifiable symbol of the strength and longevity of family enterprises. Over the years this extraordinary estate has acquired exceptional vineyards and properties across a range of viticultural regions. Included in the Roederer portfolio are Ramos Pinto in Portugal, Pichon Comtesse Lalande in Pauillac, Delas in the Rhone Valley and The House of Deutz in Champagne. This large portfolio of quality properties was developed in keeping with the philosophy of the House, which was the first winemaker in the Champagne region to buy vineyards for its use.
Denis Dubourdieu, Bordeaux to Bandol
Deeply rooted in a philosphy of respect for terroir and meticulous winemaking, the Domaines Ott employ the services of a well-known consultant oenologue. They chose Denis Dubordieu, known as the “father of white winemaking.” However, as his skills are not limited to white wine he has become known as a figurehead of Bordeaux and one of the best winemakers in the world. Dubordieu has contributed greatly to the progress of modern winemaking techniques. A specialist in the identification of typical varietal aromas and the influence of yeast, he has made a study of the faults and diseases of the vines. An unavoidable character in Bordeaux, he advises and aids approximately 30 estates including the iconic Cheval Blanc. He also provides his expertise to estates in other viticultural regions, including Paul Jaboulet Aîné in the Rhone Valley, Zonin in Italy and Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley. In addition to applying his skills to other estates around the world, he makes wine at his own estates in Bordeaux: Chateau Reynon, Clos Floridène, Chateau Haura, Chateau Doisy-Daene and Chateau Chanegril.
The combination of the rich history of the Domaines Ott and the renowned winemaking team, has led to the development of a philosophy of respect for nature, dedicated rigor and instinctual talent. The team at Domaines Ott pays particular attention to high quality rose from each of the estates. It represents a perfect alliance between historical methods, hand-harvesting and extremely selective sorting, and modern techniques, low-pressure pressing. Matured in casks for 6 to 8 months, these rose wines express all the richness of their Mediterranean terroir and deliver an intensely aromatic palate.