Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Blanc de Blancs
Côtes de Provence, France
February 28, 2019, James Molesworth
“Very pure, with a precise and racy beam of honeysuckle, white peach, verbena and yellow apple fruit notes streaming through, all carried by a light quinine thread that adds length and tension through the finish. Sémillon and Rolle. Drink now through 2022.”
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).
Clos Mireille is an ancient terrain distinguished for its combination of schists and clays, and by an absence of limestone. The vineyard’s proximity to the sea explains the inimitable character of the wines produced at Clos Mireille. The microclimate and sea spray create the ideal conditions for the production of extremely rare wines. Clos Mireille has 124 acres of planted vineyards. The parcels used in the white wine slope down as far as the sea.
The parcels are leveled into espaliers to enable even tilling and planting. The vines are pruned and trained using the double cordon method. The grapes are all picked by hand and go through a stringent selective grape sorting followed by an extremely delicate pressing in vertical presses. Slow (alcoholic and malolactic) fermentation is followed by aging in oak casks. Bottling is done the following spring and then the wine is stored in the cellars for eight to twelve months.
This wine has a light yellow color with white gold reflections. The expressive nose reveals flavors of preserved lemon, pine nut, ripe mango and white peach. On the palate, the wine unveils its generous and smooth character, originating from a perfectly-executed maturation on lees. Exotic fruits, kumquat and citrus notes dominate its aromatic richness, offering this Blanc de Blancs 2016 cuvée a fresh and tonic taste.
To be enjoyed with seafood like shellfish, grilled fish and bouillabaisse.
Varietals: 70% Sémillon, 30% Rolle
Suggested Retail Price: $42.99