Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé
Côtes de Provence, France
Vintage: 2017 (Current)
June 14, 2018, Josh Raynolds
“Bright onion skin. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, orange zest, pungent flowers and dusty minerals that expand with air. Sappy and light on its feet, offering mineral-tinged strawberry, blood orange and honeysuckle flavors. Dry, focused and tightly wound, showing superb closing power and lingering florality.”
Domaines OTT was founded in 1912 by Alsatian agricultural engineer Marcel Ott. Today, the estates are owned and managed by Champagne Louis Roederer, producing some of the world’s most prestigious wines. The wines are produced 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 50 hectares of planted vineyards. This very ancient land is characterised by a 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.
Bright and elegant salmon pink hue with a dusky pink core. The nose reveals a rich and intense bouquet of mandarin, dried apricots, mimosa and cardamom. Fresh and lively on the onset this is an invigorating wine, with lovely zesty fruit and long-lingering aromas of citrus peel and soft white peach.
Once again, this vintage suffered from very high temperatures and not enough rain. Flowering started in late May in perfect conditions as the emergence of the first bunches was to prove. But, the hot weather, not dissimilar to the heatwave of 2003, immediately set in. The condition of the grapes indicated that the harvest would be early, and it eventually started on 14 August. The harvest volume was down by about 20%, but the grapes were very homogeneous and of impeccable quality. The first tastings indicated that the wines would be very well balanced. The heat persisted, but careful winemaking allowed the wines to preserve their freshness and fruit.
Varietals: 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 12% Syrah, 8% Rolle
Suggested Retail Price: $52.00