Domaines Ott, By Ott, Provence Rosé
This gorgeous and fresh Rosé is made from younger vines from Domaines Ott's three separate properties. Flavours of mango, white peach, pear and notes of passion fruit and melon make this a hugely impressive entry-level to the amazing world of Ott, who are, arguably, the origin of the Rose species.
One of the many tricky things about categorising Rosé wines is that there are so many myriad ways of making them without one, defined method being able to lay claim to being the authentic Rosé style. Certainly some regions have produced blush, pink coloured wines for many centuries and others may be newer to the practice, but as to what sets the benchmark... possibly Provence? Tavel? Anjou? It's unfair to state. And though this wine and the Ott family estate have a justifiable claim to be some of the first to successfully lead to a more homogenised style, it is the ambivalence and lack of a single style that gives rise to the greatest potential in Rosé wines' armoury - there is so much up for grabs and no one can really tell you what is right or wrong!
Yes, there are appellation laws to consider, but the only other guide is the market. Trends and fashions in Rosé wine drinking is now quite a big business. Over the past five years at least it is style of Provence that has called the shots in what is most likely to sell and this particular offering is to be found right at the cutting edge of that fashion-making curve. Domaines Ott are serious winemakers and aren't just doing it to join a trend; they partly created the trend by buying post-phylloxera vineyards in the 19th Century and trying to find out as much about the region as possible. So as much as we aren't really able to say they invented Rosé wines, well, they sort of are probably one of the most important to have played a role.
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