Before Rosé, There Was White – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Before Rosé, There Was White


Domaines Ott’s Clos Mireille

Before rosé became the go-to wine in Provence, white wines were the fashion, and the one produced at Clos Mireille is what brought Domaines Ott its initial fame. It was unusual in that it was based on sémillon, a Bordeaux transplant that turned out to do well in Mireille’s schist soils, the fruit giving Ott’s white an uncanny opulence. You can taste that opulence in the 2018, the blend still focused on sémillon, including some rolle (vermentino) for its acidity. A silvery pale yellow, the wine has a stealthy richness, building from bright, lean lemony scents into a vast expanse of gauzy, head-filling flavor. It feels like liquid sunshine, weightless but saturating in its bright sea-spray notes and citrus richness, yet it’s surprisingly meaty and firm, ready to stand up to a creamy fish stew in the middle of winter.

Maisons Marques & Domaines, Oakland, CA

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Domaines Ott 2018 Cotes de Provence Clos Mireille Blanc

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is W&S’s executive editor and covers the wines of the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe and Argentina for the magazine.


This story appears in the print issue of February 2020.
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