Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé
Côtes de Provence, France
July 18, 2018, James Molesworth
“Alluring, with peach, mango and white cherry notes rippling through, while creamy edges and a lingering rose petal perfume complete the seduction. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Rolle. Drink now.”
June 25, 2018, James Suckling
“Floral and mineral aromas are really enticing with melon and apple undertones. Medium body, a dense center palate and a vivid finish. Lots of ash, pumice and stones in the aftertaste. Drink now.”
The Wine Advocate
June 18, 2018, Joe Czerwinski
“The archetypal pale Mediterranean rosé, the 2017 Cotes de Provence Rose Clos Mireille boasts briny aromas evocative of the sea, with pink grapefruit, cherry and lime notes. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, it's medium-bodied but feels lighter, with a clean, refreshing finish that includes hints of wet stones, peach and citrus. It's a terrific rosé for drinking this summer (or anytime).”
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 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.
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