In 1982, after years of selling his grapes to the négoces, Michel Ogier decided to start making his own wine under his own label. With a sumptuous flavor profile, silky texture and more finesse than was typical in the appellation, it didn’t take long before Michel’s wines caught our attention. Now his son, Stéphane has built his own philosophy on two principles: precision and freshness. Interpreting the terroir is not just about conveying the effect of the sun, but also the minerals. He may seek concentration in the vineyards through de-budding, green harvest, and leaf-pulling, but not in the cellars.
Inky purple. Seductive cherry-cola and black raspberry aromas, with good minerality and acidity. Caramelized fruit and bacon fat are also pronounced-the style favors finesse over power. 1.5L Magnum bottle
Even better, and again, a superb value that competes with wines two to three time its price, the 2011 Syrah l’Ame Soeur IGP is comprised of 100% Syrah that comes from schist soils, north of Ampuis, that are very similar to what’s found in the northern part of Cote Rotie (although the schist in this more northern region is a lighter gold color). This region will most likely receive its own appellation in the near future. Elegant and finesse-driven, with hints of crushed flowers, olive, underbrush and copious red and black fruits, this medium to full-bodied beauty has fine tannin, a seamless texture and ample length on the finish. It can be consumed now, or cellared for upwards of a decade. One of the next generation of winemakers to come up through the ranks by working with his father, the young, yet talented, Stephane Ogier (who is one of the youngest vignerons in the appellation) has been fully in control at this brilliant estate since around 2003. Covering roughly 7 acres in Cote Rotie, there are new plantings just now coming on line, both in Cote Rotie and in the surrounding regions as well. In addition, they are in the process of building a completely new cellar located on the western edge of Ampuis. There’s lots going on here, and if you’re a young wine lover today, count yourself lucky that there are young vignerons of this caliber out there. Looking at the 2011s, these show slightly more linear profiles than the 2012s, yet both vintages possess fantastic purity of fruit and overall elegant profiles. ~92 pts, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
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