The O.G. of Rosè: Domaines Ott
I’m getting to the point where I’m over the rosé craze. I once loved the beverage; now it feels entirely too pedestrian. But if I am going to grab a glass, there is one bottle I’ll always sip: Domaines Ott.
Why? It’s the O.G. of rosé.
Domaines Ott, located in Provence, France, didn’t invent rosé, but they did perfect it. Long before the the 1960s jet-set were photographed by Slim Aarons and the Hamptons were splashed across BRAVO, Marcel Ott purchased cheap land in Provence to plant noble grape varieties. It was just after phylloxera decimated the area at the turn of the century, and his experiment to rebuild the winemaking area paid off: Domaines Ott now crafts wines from three estate vineyards in what is now a pricy place to produce rosé.
Domaines Otts makes reds and whites too (really good ones at that), but it’s rosé that has really taken the world. Long before everyone was offering a pink wine, this is the bottle you’d find at a wine shop, along with other heralded producers like Chateau d’Esclans and Chateau Miraval. I remember taking a bottle every time I went to Montauk in the early oughts, when, you know, it was merely Surf Lodge and actual surfers.
They have a few different rosé bottlings, but my favorite, and the one you find quite consistently in the States, is the Chateau de Selle. To me, it exemplifies what a Provençal rosé should be: a light, peach-hued wine that offers aromas of fresh flowers and flavors of stone fruit and spice. It’s a blend of what I believe all rosé blends should be: Grenache dominant, with Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, and a few other indigenous grapes. It’s then fermented in oak barrels. It’s just plain delicious on a hot, summer day. Plus, it pairs well with seasonal dishes, barbecue, seafood, salads, and, of course, floats in the pool.
I’ll be pulling out a bottle to make it through this heatwave. Will you too?