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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.

DOMAINES OTT

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

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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