Domaine Ott 'Chateau Romassan' Bandol Rose 2018
1 or more bottles$75.00
International W94 points
The Wine Advoca94 points
The distinguished elegance, fullness and lovely taut character of the Château Romassan Rosé are the result of meticulous vine tending and winemaking. Each plot is worked in accordance with its intrinsic qualities but the vines all grow in typical Bandol terroirs: arid soil (limestone, sandstone and sandy marl) and exceptionally dry, sunny weather.
These characteristics ensure that Mourvèdre, the major grape in this blend, fulfils its potential and provides solidity, structure and a great capacity for ageing. It is complemented by the full-bodied texture of Grenache, the softness of Cinsault and, for its small contribution, the fruity roundness of Syrah.
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 lasting.
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Critic Scores & reviews
International Wine Challenge94
"Outstanding depth and complexity on the palate with hints of pear and berries and mounting minerality."
The Wine Advocate94
"A smoky note is cast through the poached apricot, ripe melon and white cherry notes of this broad, fresh Rosé with anise, wet stone and herb elements detailing the creamy finish"
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