Plum pudding, some fresh pepper and baking spice, with mocha notes, a little anise and soft herbs, and fine tannins. Mostly Grenache with a little Syrah, this certainly speaks of its southern Rhone sites. It's warming and luscious, a little hedonistic, but holds its alcohol well. Who needs Chateauneuf-du-Pape when you've got this?!
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
“"Tasting this, you wonder who needs a Châteauneuf that won’t be ready for many more years? A great barbecue wine! Very good value. There’s no hurry to drink this. I suggested a drinking window of 2020–2024"”Jancis Robinson MW