2016 Côte-Rôtie Reserve, Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier

2016 Côte-Rôtie Reserve, Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier

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2016 Côte-Rôtie Reserve, Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier

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In 2016, the Réserve cuvée is made up of parcels in
the lieu-dits of But de Mont, Fongeant, Côte Blonde,
Côte Rozier, Champon, La Viallière, Bertholon,
Montmain, Côte Bodin, Lancement and also, shared
judiciously with Le Village, parts of Besset and Leyat.
There is nothing so straightforward as a sub-division
of schist and granite, blonde and brune, north and
south for Monsieur Ogier. His philosophy is far more
ambitious, far more focused than that – epithets
which can both be applied to the young wine itself.
Of the multi-faceted components, I was especially
taken by Fongeant, with its descant of top notes, by
Bertholon, where there is a little more clay in the
soil, and by Champon, which I always consider to be a
stalwart with all the powerful potential that one has
come to associate with the Côte Brune. A Burgundian
aspiration, almost, with a Burgundian mindset and
distant Burgundian melodies play out through the
wine itself. Drink 2020-2026.
Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate94/100
Wine Advocate94/100
An assemblage of 12 parcels, including a healthy portion of Lancement, the 2016 Cote Rotie Reserve is already approachable. Savory notes of meat and leather greet the nose, while the full-bodied palate delivers plenty of berry fruit. It's creamy and lush, with a long, raspberry-tinged finish. It's a lovely wine to enjoy now and over the next 15+ years.
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About this WINE

Domaine Stephane Ogier

Domaine Stephane Ogier

The Ogier family have 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 1997, working alongside his father Michel, before taking over in 2003.

Heralded by some as the face of the Northern Rhône’s new generation, he continues to go from strength to strength. His magnificent new winery allows him to vinify by parcel – a fundamental principle for his project and long-term vision. There is no flight toward volume and anonymity; quite the contrary, and it is exciting indeed. Stéphane studied in Beaune, and he brings this Burgundian approach to terroir to the region. 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.

There is great energy and concentration to his wines this year: they’re a perfect balance between saturation and freshness, and fine examples of his refined and elegant style.

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Côte-Rôtie

Côte-Rôtie

Côte-Rôtie is one of the most famous of the northern Rhône appellations, with some single vineyard cuvées now selling for the same prices as First Growth Bordeaux. It is the northernmost outpost of the Syrah grape.

Côte-Rôtie translates as ‘roasted hillside’, as the south-facing slopes are exposed to the maximum-possible sunlight. Vines have been planted here since Roman times, although the appellation was only created in 1940. Today it covers 500 hectares, with 276 hectares of vineyards stretched across eight kilometres.

Phylloxera devastated vineyards in the late 1800s and Côte-Rôtie’s fortunes remained in the doldrums for another century. After the War, a farmer would receive double the price for a kilo of apricots as for a kilo of grapes, hence vineyards were grubbed up and wine production became increasingly smaller.

It has only really been recognised as a top-quality wine-producing area since the 1970s, with Guigal being the main impetus behind its revival. The two best slopes, Côte Brune and Côte Blonde, rise steeply behind Ampuis and overlook the river. The Côte Brune wines are much firmer and more masculine (the soils are clay and ironstone), whereas the Côte Blonde makes wines with more finesse and elegance due to its light, sandy-limestone soil. Both the Côte Brune and Côte Blonde vineyards rise to 1,000 feet, with a gradient of 30 to 50 degrees.

The wines are made from the Syrah grape, however up to 20 percent of Viogner can be used in the blend, adding finesse, elegance and floral characteristics to the wine. Viognier ripens more quickly than Syrah and the appellation rules stipulate that the grapes must be added to the fermentation – rather than blended later. The best Côte-Rôtie are very deep in colour, tannic and spicy, and need 10 years to evolve and develop.

There are nearly 60 official vineyards (lieux-dits); the best-known are: La Mouline, La Chatillonne (Vidal-Fleury, owned by Guigal) and La Garde (Rostaing) in Côte Blonde; La Viallière, (Rostaing), La Landonne (Guigal, Rostaing) and La Turque (Guigal) in Côte Brune.

Styles vary from heavily-extracted tannic wines which need many years to soften through to lighter, supple and less-structured wines which do not require extended bottle ageing. The most famous wines of Côte-Rôtie are Guigal’s three single-vineyard cuvées: La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne. These are aged in new wood for 48 months, and demand for them amongst connoisseurs and collectors is significant, leading to prices sometimes comparable to Bordeaux First Growths.

Recommended producers: GuigalGerrinRostaingOgierBurgaud
Best vintages: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1991, 1990, 1985

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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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