This wine, produced from vines planted on slopes, is
the delectable result of the typical blending used in
Côtes de Provence wines: Grenache, Cinsault,
Brilliant and crystalline, fruity-fresh accentuated with peach and apricot, hints of white blossoms and spices.
Domaniers Rosé will be a delicious companion to
delicatessen meats, poultry, white meats, fish,
provençal and oriental dishes.
Domaines Ott Winery
Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. Today, the wineries are owned and managed by Champagne Louis Roederer, producing some of the world’s most prestigious wines. These wines are made at three distinctively different estates: Château Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Château de Selle (both Côtes de Provence).
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Not just a destination for tourists and movie stars, Provence makes some delicious and easy-drinking wines. Most of these wines are rosé – a dry, pale, pink style rose. The climate here is Mediterranean, with most of the vines planted on southern facing slopes to avoid the fierce Mistral winds. Thirteen varieties are permitted in the region, the most important for rose being Carignan, Grenache and Cinsault. A move is being made to bring in more varieties, like Syrah, to increase the quality of the wines.
The most important appellation is Côtes de Provence, where about 80% of the production is the typical style rose. Unfortunately, the easy-drinking aspect does not translate to the price – some of these wines are a bit pricey for drink-today wines. Some producers are making a shift to higher quality while others are selling their wines at a bargain. Either way, Côtes de Provence rose is a delicious match with any provence-style garlic-y cuisine. Other appellations to note include Bandol, Bellet, Les Baux-de-Provence, Cassis and Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Though Côtes de Provence rules in amount of wine produced, the quality appellation to know is Bandol. Mostly red and mostly Mourvedre, the wines of Bandol are able to age a few years, like many a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but also enjoyed in their youth.
About France - Other regions
When it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
This wine was in good condition after shipping. We enjoyed it at a tour de France party integrated into an eight course French meal. The Domaines Ott Les Domaniers Cotes de Provence rose (actually 2009) was paired with a provencal rice dish with olives, cheese, and spices in course 4 after champagne, white Bordeaux, and Cotes du Rhone red blend. We found this Cotes de Provence rose to be a nice addition at this point in the meal and to pair extremely well with the provencal rice course. The glass held a solid fruit nose, but was much better on the palate with a round mouth feel - very pleasing. Most of the people at the dinner (18) commented on how full in felt for a rose. This may in part be to the lack of understanding of dry/off dry rose, but is also also a good trait of this bottle. The white blossum fruit was noticeable as well as medium spice hints that would make this a nice choice for Thai byob. Not overly acidic, but enough to balance the fruit and spice. Well received by both red and white drinkers at the party. This rose has some dance in it's taste. I would recommend for a wide range of food and occasions. We are planning a picnic with our next bottle.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.