From vines high up in the hills in the south of Condrieu. The 2020 is a formidable success - tonnes of concentration but at a mere well-balanced 12.5% ABV. Amazing nose of glorious apricot with citrus you can just scent over and over, a hint of honey and wet stones, and wonderful full round mouthfeel that only Condrieu at its unctuous best can give. Get Condrieu right and the reward is one of the most hedonistic white wines in the world – the trick is to get the balance between ripeness and flavour to give it the full exotic aromas and flavours.
Stephane Ogier is without a doubt, one of the most well-respected names in the Northern Rhone valley. Prior to producing Cote Rotie under their own name, the Ogier family used to sell their fruit to Guigal, one of the most prestigious producers in the northern Rhone. That all changed in 1987 when they began bottling wines under their own name and they have been on an upward trajectory ever since, scoring 100 points with Robert Parker in several vintages. Based just south of Ampuis, with vineyard holdings dotted throughout Cote Rotie, on the Cote Blonde, Brune and Cote Rosiers.
FROM THE PRESS
“Round, generous, tangy and sappy in style, yet it retains its freshness. More depth than many this year, but no excess weight, alcohol or oak. All vinified in Stockinger demi-muids, 40% new, malolatic completed. 94 Points. Drink 2022 - 2025 ”Blind tasted by Matt Walls, Decanter Magazine, 1st Oct 2021