Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé
Côtes de Provence, France
August 2023, Roger Voss
“From an estate close to the sea, the wine always has a slightly saline character that gives a fragrance. It is rich, dense and full of red and tropical fruits. Drink the wine now. Organic.”
The New Wine Review
August 1, 2023, Christy Canterbury MW
“This has a very pale, partridge eye color. Delicate and subtle on the nose, this whispers notes of peach peel, clove and salty sea breezes. This gastronomic wine is firmly structured with a pleasant bite of tannins more prominent than even the zippy back palate lift. Heartily juicy and—refreshingly—not anemic in flavor, the mouthfeel offers excellent volume and satiny texture before the flavors drift into a long finish.”
June 2023, Eric Guido
“The 2022 Rosé Clos Mireille Cru Classé is dreamy, wafting up with a perfumed blend of nectarine, sweet white flowers and white strawberry. Like pure silk on the palate, this soothes with its ripe orchard fruits, which are gently contrasted by a bitter tinge of sour citrus as juicy acidity adds fleshy depths. The 2022 cleans up beautifully as inner florals and confectionary spice echo throughout. This is a gorgeous Rosé today, yet it should evolve beautifully for years.”
May 25, 2023, Elizabeth Gabay MW
“From vineyards touching the seashore, the maritime breezes seem to have contributed an extra crispness and a touch of sea salt. Floral notes, white stone fruit and dried hay aromatics lead on to crunchy red berries, cherries and juicy white stone fruit. Wild hedgerow acidity, gentle textured chalkiness, saline minerality and more vibrant red fruit. Fabulous concentration and ripeness with a lasting finish that combines pretty fruit with austere minerality.”
Domaines Ott was founded in 1896 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 the second estate acquired by the Ott family in 1936. Clos Mireille is in an exceptional location on the Mediterranean coast, in La Londe les Maures, where the average vine age is 17 years. This is idyllic Provence. Its ancient soil, a mixture of schist and limestone-free clay, benefits from a microclimate permeated by sea spray, which explains the inimitable character of the wines produced from the 124 acres at Clos Mireille.
Domaines Ott wines are certified organic starting with the 2022 vintage.
The grapes are all hand-picked, followed by strict and selective sorting. Extremely delicate pressing extracts the best of the grapes and color; there is short skin contact in the press. Slow fermentation takes place followed by aging in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Bottling is done the following spring.
Lovely sandy yellow hue with copper tints. The expressive and absolutely delicious nose exudes aromas of peach, exotic fruit, redcurrant and cardamom. The wine is intense and concentrated on entry to the palate. The smooth and full-bodied mid-palate is perfectly balanced by a pleasant acidity with notes of lemon rind. The finish is fresh, mouthwatering and slightly spicy.
Once again, the 2022 vintage did not bring much water to our Provençal vineyards. This was very difficult for the vine and was also a real challenge for the winegrower. Over the course of its history, Domaines Ott has evolved to cope well in such conditions. With low rainfall levels up until late June and very high summer temperatures, all of our efforts were focused on keeping our clusters in an environment that was as cool as possible. To obtain perfectly ripe grapes, we were still hoping for some rain before the harvest. This long-awaited rainfall did not arrive until August 17th—coincidentally, the day harvest began. But we did not have just rain, we also had some hail, which was fortunately accompanied by heat and wind. Harvest finished on September 29th.
Varietals: 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% Rolle