Spring: the time for freshness and renewal
Texture; depth of flavour; balance; minerality. All things you might not expect to be front of mind when tasting a rosé. But these are elements that are to the fore in these Domaines Ott* wines. First off they have great terroir but secondly the Clos Mireille and the By.Ott are Grenache dominated, while many Provence rosés are mostly Cinsault, which often produces a slightly thinner result. But these are luxury wines, the kind of rosé you deserve in your garden now the weather is improving and the ice saints days have passed.
If you don't have, or are isolated from a garden and are prepared to remain alert, now that we're newly, partially released, you could even contemplate crossing your threshold with a bottle of either of these. For they crave to be drunk in the sun: outdoors not inside. These are perhaps the ultimate liquid sunshine wines. You don't actually need a beach, though you could have a stab at a Salade Niçoise; or just a bit of seafood or even some asparagus. These are all things that go well with improving the mood and one another.
2019 was a funny old year in Provence, with a heatwave in February but a cool transition from spring into summer brought the season back into line, while a warm July and early August prepared the fruit perfectly for its mid-August harvest. As ever Domaines Ott* have packed these wines with fruit, terroir and substance. The cool fermentation in stainless steel vats followed by 8 months in old oak barrels give this brand new release both freshness and complexity. So think - and drink - pink! /CW
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