B a n d o l
An ideal level of sunshine, just the right amount of rain and a perfect
soil, this explains why the wines of Bandol have been famous for a thousand
Particularly delicious, with aromas of fruit and flowers, are the white
wines. These pale golden wines represent only 5% of the regions output.
The rosé wines, although pale in colour are far from being pale in taste.
It is the red wines that are the pick of the crop. Dark garnet, they are
rich in tannins and can be a little rude in their youth. All they ask
is the time to mature and to develope their bouquet of red fruits, slightly
peppery, with hints of liquorice and vanilla. They are an excellent accompaniment
to game and red meats in sauce.
C ô t e s d e P r o v e n c e
The extent of this area of production means that there is not ONE “Côtes
de Provence” but SEVERAL“Côtes de Provences”.
It is true that the climate is very similar throughout; sunshine and moderate
rainfall, but it is the little things that make the differance. The coastal
regions of this region have mild winters and warm summers but the inland
areas have very cold winters and July and August are extremerly hot. If
the differences of the winds and the multitude of varieties of grapes
are added to the human factors in the wines production, it is easy to
understand why one wine can delight and another can disapoint.
As a general rule, the whites, about 10% of the output, are sometimes
tender when they come from the coast, sometimes more agressive when from
the hills. They are an excellent accompanyment to seafood and to goats
The rosés are very varied in colour, aroma and flavour, but when they
come from a good producer they remain excellent throughout the meal, particularly
on a nice sunny day.
Over 60% of the total output is of these rosé wines.
The reds, little known or even unknown, often merit the sometimes mediocre
reputation they have gained with some southern consumers. They are sometimes
light, fresh and impish, perfect accompaniments to grilled meats particularly
lamb. Sometimes they can be powerful, warm and with a strong bouquet,
perfect for dishes with a sauce, quite as good as some “great” wines from
the Bourgogne, Bordeaux or the Côtes du Rhone.
History of a Family of Wine Growers
L E S D O M A I N E S O T T*
The vine needs time. And men that work with wine
sometimes devote their entire lives to it. So it was and has remained
with Marcel Ott
, his children and his grandchildren.
: 1896. Ott, an Alsatian agricultural engineer with
a pioneer spirit, set out to create a wine-producing estate.
: in the region of Cavalaire.
It was in 1912, however, at Château de Selle, Le Clos Mireille,
and later at Château Romassan, also located in the Var, that this
great family adventure was ultimately launched.
Long years of patience and effort !