This has all the grace and flower-scented gorgeousness of a top Condrieu – the vineyards are actually a stone’s throw north of Condrieu, bordering Cote Rotie – for considerably fewer of your earth pounds. Elegant, rich, peachy, honeyed and floral, it’s a 75cl dose of pure joy. Drink with: The precision of flavour, the fruit intensity, balance, complexity and length put it on a par with the great white wines of the world, so serve it with confidence instead of Premier Cru white Burgundy or a top Graves. It will go beautifully with Cornish lobster, red or grey mullet and skate. Try it also with roast corn-fed chicken, which will bring out the golden flavours of the wine or with Moroccan or South East Asian cuisine, where it will chime with the sweet spice flavours.
Stephane Ogier is without a doubt, one of the most well-respected names in the Nortrn 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
“Very opulent style, there's some enjoyable bitter orange on the finish, and a touch of green almond bitterness. Good freshness with good depth of fruit. Not long, but very good Rhône Viognier.”Decanter