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Provence tasting notes

text and photographs © 2011 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on The Wines of Provence.


Domaine Ott's wines are imported into the UK by Maison, Marques et Domaines. See all UK stockists on

Domaines Ott, Château de Sell Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Syrah. Lightly fruity, quite elegant nose, with faint herb and straw aromas, lightly creamy. Palate has delicious fruit, with lots of substance too, a little tart green apple and lemon bite and very good length showing some spice and a touch of tannin. 87/100. €20.50 at cellar door.

Domaines Ott, Clos Mireilles Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah. Less richness and creaminess on the aromatics, but citrus peel and gently floral and herbal notes. A definite touch of mineral saltiness. The palate has plenty of freshness and fruity bite, but it is a lean, quite sinewy rose cuvee, with that salty lick of freshness and juicy lemon. 87/100. This is the cuvée that comes to the UK.

Domaines Ott, Château Romarssan Bandol Rosé 2010
Mourvèdre, Cinsault and a touch of Grenache. Quite different, with a darker, almost chocolate edged note to the fruit, and a mellow earthiness. The palate has a lean juiciness; there's a cool apple fruit and a pithy grapefruit quality. It is perhaps fuller, richer and more structured, but less refined. Lots of grip and fruit. 87/100.

Domaines Ott, Clos Mireilles Côtes de Provence Blanc 2010
70% Semillon, Rolle. Lovely nose, with a lemony freshness but also a touch of custard and vanilla, but delicately so. Still that mineral hint of freshness. The palate has a lovely fruit richness and sweetness, a hint of fat to the mid-palate, lots of orchard fruits and lemon peel, with delicate spices in the finish and a long, creamy texture finishing with bone dry minerality. 89-90/100.

Domaines Ott, Château Romassan Bandol Rouge 2008
Mourvèdre 85%, Grenache, Syrah, Has a gamey, bloody aspect to the nose with a richness to the bramble and earthy sweet fruit. The palate is bone dry, with a lean, leathery, sinewy aspect, perhaps lacking a little flesh when tasted on its own, but has lovely spice and freshness, and yes good sweet fruit in the finish. 88/100.

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