Domaines Ott, Clos Mireille Cotes de Provence Ros? 2018
Grenache 70%, Cinsault 14% , Rolle 9%. Syrah 7%
Pale salmon pink with coral tints.This expressive and complex nose has notes of white peach, candied lemon and hawthorn blossom. On the palate the wine has a lovely, velvety texture and flavours of white currant and lime. Zesty citrus notes and a pleasant salinity linger on the wineâ€™s long finish.
The grapes are all hand picked and go through a stringent selective sorting, followed by an extremely delicate pressing process. Fermentation is done in thermo-regulated vats followed by ageing in oak casks for six to eight months.
Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Marcel Ott, an agricultural engineer from Alsace who dreamed of establishing a great wine estate near the Mediterranean. He moved to Cavalaire in 1896 and founded Ch�teau de Selle in 1912, followed by Clos Mireille in 1935 and then Ch�teau Romassan in 1956.� These wines are made at the distinctively different estates in the Bandol and C�tes de Provence appellations. Domaines Ott was managed by Marcel�s descendants until 2004 when the Estates were purchased by Champagne Louis Roederer to add to their impressive portfolio of iconic Domaines. Several of the Ott family members remain involved in production. Stringent cultivation techniques are practiced using natural fertilizers and manual debudding for restrictive volume yields. The grapes are hand picked, followed by strict and selective sorting on tables and an extremely delicate pressing process of whole bunches with a super short maceration to produce the beautiful light colour. Slow fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated vats then ageing in oak casks. Bottling is done the following spring. These are just some of the reasons why this wine has acquired the reputation of being one of the �finest vintage ros�s in the world�. Clos Mireille: Acquired in 1935, the C�tes de Provence appellation has 50 hectares planted to vines. The land was entirely remodelled and replanted in the 1930s. It is currently going through its third remodelling with a four year programme where plots have been ripped out and planted with various grass crops that will condition and prepare the soils for replanting, increasing production in the future. Clos Mireille is an ancient terrain well known for its mix of silica, clay and schist soils and the estate�s broad seafront location. The microclimate and the sea spray provide highly favourable conditions for white wines and the parcels used in the��blanc� slope down as far as the sea. The vines are levelled into espaliers to enable even tilling and planting and�are pruned and trained using the double cordon method.