Provence’s leader in concentrated and age-worthy red wines, Bandol is home to the dense, deep and earthy Mourvèdre grape. Like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Bandol produces characterful reds that, while approachable in their youth, are typically designed for the cellar.
In 1896, after a tour of France’s many vineyards, Marcel Ott, a young graduate agronomist, finally found an estate that inspired him. Unfortunately, a short while before, phylloxera had wreaked havoc on the vines. The land was cheaper, but the vineyards would have to be replanted. Ott bought several estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to re-create great wines from Provence.
Today, 125 years later, cousins Christian and Jean-François Ott continue the tradition, aided since 2004, by Louis Roederer and its dedicated oenologists.
The Domaines Ott comprise three estates: Château de Selle, Clos Mireille (both Côtes de Provence) and Château Romassan (Bandol). Each of these properties has its own individual charm and personality.
The critics had the following to say about the Château Romassan Bandol Rouge 2015:
Wine & Spirits – 92 points
A showy Bandol, this ups Mourvèdre’s dark-fruited intensity with toasted-barrel richness. It feels chocolate-dense, lush and spicy, a chewy Bandol to tuck away in the cellar for another six to ten years, then pull out for a leg of lamb.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90 points
The 2015 Bandol Château Romassan, a blend of 65% Mourvèdre, 21% Syrah and 14% Grenache, showing plenty of vanilla and cedar upfront. It’s medium to full-bodied, rich and velvety on the palate, with hints of cola, allspice, clove and anise emerging on the long, woody finish.
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The list price is R 595 per bottle (R 3 570 per 6-bottle case)
There is a special offer of R 2 950 per 6-pack or R 5 000 per 12-pack
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