This might be young, but I wouldn't say no to drinking this right now, so open, hedonistic and lush. Pink peppercorn sprinkled plummy fruit, damson coulis, a hint of black olives and a gorgeous raspberry leaf and spice note. Classic Côte-Rôtie, with very fine tannins, good purity and ripeness of fruit. The bouquet is explosive, the texture is straight and the length exceptional.
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, he also buys in some fruit the southern Rhone, including what goes into this wine.
FROM THE PRESS
“Blended from seven lieux-dits (Coteaux de Bassenon, Le Goutay, L’Arselie, Besset, Gerine, Bourrier and Montlis) and aged in 20% new oak, the 2018 Cote Rotie Mon Village combines intriguing hints of olives, red raspberries and floral-stemmy notes on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, it's silky and supple on the palate, with a lingering, mocha-tinged finish. It's approachable now, yet has the substance to age gracefully for at least a decade. Drink 2021-2030”The Wine Advocate