We have been waiting to release what is considered to be one of the world’s greatest if not the greatest rosé for the summer. Looking out of the office window this morning we decided to pen this missive, however, while the clouds now cover the sun, there can be no doubt this is the collector’s great rosé.
In 1896 a young Alsatian agricultural engineer, Marcel Ott toured France’s wine-growing areas, his dream was to create a truly great wine estate near the Mediterranean and he found this in Provence. In the heart of this region, among the oldest wine producing in France, Ott found the grape cultivation destroyed by phylloxera and set about replanting estates with quality grape varieties. In 1912 Marcel founded the eponymously named Domaines Ott, focusing on quality, passion and savoir faire, which has been passed down man to boy for generations. The Ott family have developed a range of high quality red and whites, but they are famed for their rosé wines from three estates, Chateau de Selle, Couer de Grain and Clos Mireille. These are considered to be the acme of Provencal Rosé, declared in 2004 declared by Coeur de Grain as the finest rosé in the world. In 2004 Domaines Ott became part of the Louis Roederer Champagne house and since 2009 the Estate has been co-managed by cousins Christian and Jean-Francois Ott, thereby partnering one of France’s most celebrated producers with the passion and expertise of the Ott family; the fourth generation.
The most critically acclaimed of the Ott rosés is their superlative Clos Mirelle, which adorns the world’s top restaurants: it is also said no lunch can be complete in the Cote d’Azur without a bottle of Domaines Ott Clos Mireille. Clos Mireille was acquired by the family in 1935, selected for its ancient terrain which distinguishes it from other terrain due to its mix of shale and clay soils and its broad seafront location; 100 yards from the Mediterranean coast. This aspect creates an incredible microclimate, benefiting from sea spray which cools the vines. The Estate is marked by an 18th Century country house and surrounded by palm trees, providing a unique setting and aesthetic aspect to this world class Estate.
Clos Mireille occupies 420 acres, of which 116 are planted vineyards. The final blend is 65% Grenache, 22% Cinsault and 13% Syrah, which provides an incredible elegant pale pink colour with orange highlights. The nose is incredibly expressive, displaying mango white plum, yellow peach, while the mouth-feel is fresh and ripe, with sweet spice and apricot flavours, finishing with lovely zesty notes and sublime minerality.
Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Cotes de Provence Rosé 2013, Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar – 92 points
Pale orange-pink. Heady aromas of red berries, blood orange and dried flowers are sharpened by a chalky nuance. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tight in the mid-palate, offering intense redcurrant and raspberry flavors that show very good depth and focus. Becomes chewier on the finish, with the mineral and floral notes echoing. This wine’s blend of power and finesse make it supremely flexible at the table, especially with grilled, strongly seasoned seafood dishes.
6×75 – £135 IB or £176.76 including duty and VAT
Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Cotes de Provence Blanc 2011, 6×75 – £110 IB or £146.76 including duty and VAT
Many of you may also be familiar with Domaine Ott’s splendid white wine heralding from the same vineyards, a stunning effort, equally perfect for drinking on a warm day. It is made from a blend of 70% Semillon with 30% Rolle, the Semillon provides a delectable citrusy backbone, while relatively unknown grape variety Rolle provides a lovely fleshy quality and a wonderful aromatic lift. A lovely summer days drinker for £24 including VAT and duty.
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