Here's a wine that has the grace of Condrieu but at half the price. Freshly picked Mediterranean orchard fruits, white peaches, nectarines, and pear. Apricot and citrus trees dabbled in hot sun. Yellow plum and blossom, honey and a faint whiff of fresh ginger grated. Textured and mouth coating deliciousness on the palate, in an effortless and morish way. It doesn’t feel at all heavy or insipid at all. Peaches and cream, with a dotted passionfruit and lemon puree on top… Long mineral, stoney finish. The delicious stone fruits persist, so like top Condrieu.
This wine comes from a vineyard just to the north of Condrieu (so not classified Condrieu) and just to South of the Cote Rotie vineyards of Ampuis. This is one of the reaons for its amazing value. Stephane Ogier is without a doubt, one of the most well-respected names in the Northern Rhone valley. Rosine is from the hilltop of Tupin-Semons, between the two appellations of Condrieu and Cote Rotie. The plot was bought (without vines) and entirely planted by Michel Ogier in the 80’s, then by Stéphane in the 90’s. There are Syrah (La Rosine), Viognier and a little bit of Roussanne. It is not classified Condrieu or Côte-Rôtie but the soil is 100% decomposed granite like some slopes of the Blonde side Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu.