2012 La Rosine Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, Stéphane Ogier, Rhône

2012 La Rosine Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, Stéphane Ogier, Rhône

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2012 La Rosine Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, Stéphane Ogier, Rhône

Description

Decomposed granite, located close to Tupins and Semons in the south of the appellation, hosts this outstanding Syrah. The ageing is in barrique, for 12 months, as opposed to the 18 months for the Côte Rôtie; the result is perhaps more approachable with its cherry fruit aromatics more than persuasive, but in the mouth it echoes the concentration and peppery power of its senior sibling.
Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer

If one is permitted to assess the quality of a vigneron by the number of eager Antipodean cellar rats helping out at vintage time, then Stéphane Ogier appears to be the man of the moment. If one takes the more traditional approach of assessing quality by analysis of what is in the glass, or what is in the barrel, then he is definitely the man of the moment. He compares it to 2010, which is praise indeed
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Wine Advocate90/100
Wine Advocate90/100
Coming from a steep granite hillside near the village of Tupin-et-Semons, just on the outskirts of Cte Rtie, the 2012 La Rosine Syrah VDP is 100% Syrah that was brought up in mostly older barrels. Its a beautiful wine that, unsurprisingly, bares more than a passing resemblance to a high-quality Cte Rtie from the southern part of the appellation. Sweet raspberry, licorice, spice and crushed rock-like qualities flow nicely to a medium-bodied, sexy, supple 2012 that has outstanding purity of fruit and a terrific finish. Its hard to resist now, but Ive no doubt it will evolve gracefully for upward of a decade.
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About this WINE

Domaine Stephane Ogier

Domaine Stephane Ogier

The Ogier family had been established growers in Ampuis for over seven generations, but it was only in the 1980s that they began vinifying their own grapes. Stéphane joined the family estate in ’97, working alongside his father Michel, before taking over in 2003.

Heralded as the face of the Northern Rhône’s new generation, Stéphane continues to go from strength to strength – acquiring new parcels and trying out new techniques. In ’ 14 he built a magnificent new winery which allows him to vinify by parcel: a fundamental principle for his long-term vision. Stéphane brings a Burgundian approach to the region’s terroir from his studies in Beaune. He works with multiple lieux-dits, both in and out of the appellation, vinifying each separately and using oak sparingly to allow the particularities of each to show. A visit to Stéphane in his cellars is always fascinating as he guides you – barrel by barrel – around his many terroirs, explaining the particularities of each. His offer varies slightly year on year: he releases many wines as single lieu-dit bottlings later in the year; others he blends, selecting from different barrels to build a style representative of both his vision and the vintage.

As always, there is great energy and concentration to his wines in the ’20 vintage. They’re a perfect balance between saturation and freshness – and fine examples of his refined and elegant style. His wines from outside of the appellations are made with equal precision and should certainly not be over-looked.

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VdP des Comtes Rhodaniens

VdP des Comtes Rhodaniens

Vin de Pays des Comtés Rhodaniens is a Vin de Pays French wine appellation that encompasses vineyard area in the Rhône-Alpes region and wines from mainly Viognier, Syrah and Grenache grapes but also from Pinot Noir and Gamay as the appellations spans further to include portions of Beaujolais, Savoie and Jura

Within the broad regional Vin de Pays appellation of Comtés Rhodaniens there are further wine classifications for specified areas including :  

  • Vin de Pays du Comté de Grignan
  • Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche
  • Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Baronnies
  • Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Montélimar
  • Vin de Pays des Gaules

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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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