2014 Condrieu, La Combe de Malleval, Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier

2014 Condrieu, La Combe de Malleval, Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier

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2014 Condrieu, La Combe de Malleval, Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier

Description

From steep granitic vines above the precipitous medieval village of Malleval, Stéphane’s Condrieu is particularly successful in 2014. Buzzing with energy, with notes of white pepper and cardamom adorning the more usual apricot and honeysuckle descriptors, this is a pure and very complete wine, beautifully constructed and long on the palate.
Drink now to 2018.
Simon Field MW – Wine Buyer
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Domaine Stephane Ogier

Domaine Stephane Ogier

Michel Ogier is a relative newcomer to the top ranks of the wine-making world: up until 1980 he sold his entire crop, on the vine, to Messrs Chapoutier and Guigal. Since then, he has invested an enormous amount of time and capital in his well-situated 2½ hectare vineyard and now, handed over to his ambitious and likeable son, Stèphane.

The wines themselves are not the huge, structured beasts typical of some other Côte Rôtie producers. They tend more towards a silky elegance with soft, subtle tannins. However, they retain that incredible ability to age that is synonymous with the best Côte Rôtie.

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Condrieu

Condrieu

Condrieu is to Viognier what the Côte de Nuits is to Pinot Noir. There are now plantings of Viognier worldwide, but this pernickety grape’s spiritual homeland is still in Condrieu – where the finest Viogniers in the world are still produced.

The appellation was created in 1940, and today over 40 growers produce wine from just over 100 hectares of vineyards. In 1965 the appellation covered only eight hectares.

Guigal accounts for 45 percent of the appellation’s production.  The vineyards are adjacent to those of Côte-Rôtie, but not as steep. The best Condrieu wines are produced from soils that are on narrow, south-facing or south-east-facing terraces of granite – where the average vine age is around 50 years old.

Condrieu is solely made from the Viognier grape. As well as being situated next to Côte-Rôtie it also encompasses the separate AC of Château-Grillet. The wines are dry with a wonderful floral nose of peaches, apricots, violets and pears. They are quite alcoholic, with low-ish acidity. Condrieus are best enjoyed when young to ensure they maintain their freshness and delicate fruit flavours.

Recommended producers: Pierre GaillardMouton Père et Fils

Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004

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Jancis
Relatively light on the nose. Nervy. Much fresher than most Condrieus. A little disappointing given all the ingredients. Correct but not thrilling. Lemon. Something a little chewy on the end. 
Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - Nov 2015 Read more