This is a wonderful buy, and a brilliant smart-casual wine. We’re definitely not claiming this is Cote Rotie, but it’s a beautiful wine, touched by the hand of a master. It has the high notes one associates with a fine Northern Rhone - pretty Syrah fruit - violets, blackcurrant and hints of spice, dark berries and tapenade, with great concentration, and a supple palate and silken texture. Drinking well now, definitely, you could enjoy this with many dishes, but right now, we're thinking venison and goose.
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.