Teeny tiny quantities produced, from a parcel of 65 year old vines on a steep, granite slope. Perhaps the most ageworthy of all Condrieus out there, with gorgeous scents of chamomile and pineapple, flaked and ground almonds, a hint of freshly baked bread and gentle heady jasmine note. Rich and vivacious, although still very young, with a fine mineral backbone and lush palate.
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
“From a parcel of old vines planted in Malleval on steep granite slopes. Stéphane is considering only releasing this cuvée after 10 years' bottle age from this vintage, to demonstrate the ageing ability of top Condrieus. It'll be worth waiting for. This is particularly vibrant and fresh on the nose for the vintage, rounded but not overly full-bodied, with a particularly straight, tense feel about it alongside mouthwatering salinity. It's particularly tightly coiled at this early stage, which bodes well for the future. A little jasmine and freshly baked white bread on palate, with good acidity and restraint. Great energy and focus. Drink 2019-2034, 94 points.”Matt Walls, Decanter magazine