Clos de l'Ours
France, Cotes de Provence
Michel (his nickname is l’Ours, or the bear) and his wife, Fabienne, acquired this 13 hectare property in the hills of Provence, in 2012. They had long been looking, longingly at this estate, and when they could finally get it promptly renamed it Clos de l’Ours for Michel. Their two children, son, Fabien and daughter, Emilie have joined them. Fabien studied viticulture and oenology and is responsible for the wines, and Emilie assists with marketing.
This estate is exceptionally well-situated on the edge of what was once a large holding of the Knights Templar in this region. Here the soil is red clay mixed with limestone, and the vines are nestled on slopes up against woods with no other vineyards contiguous. The family practices organic viticulture, and importantly, so had the previous owner since 1997.
The Rosé is one of the best in our entire portfolio, being a blend of the 5 cépages of the area—Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan, in that order of proportion. The concentration of fruit, intense bouquet, minerality, and length are most impressive. The Milia blanc is 70 % Vermentino (Rolle) and 30% Clairette 75 year old vines. The Le Chemin Rouge is 40% Mourvedre, 40% Grenache, and 20% Syrah.
All the grapes are hand-harvested, indigenous yeasts used in the fermentation, aging in foudre for the red, tank for the white and Rosé, and bottling without filtration for the red. These wines bear noticing …
|Wine||Varietals||Vine Age||Soil Type||Farming Type|
|L'Accent Rosé||2017 - 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 20% Cinsault,10% Carignan, 10% Syrah||Average 36 years||Calcareous and Clay||Organic|
|Milia Blanc||2017 - 70% Rolle, 30% Clairette||Average 25 Years||Calcareous and Clay||Organic|
|Le Chemin rouge||40% Mourvedre, 40% Grenache, 20% Syrah||Average 45 Years||Calcareous and Clay||Organic|