Côte Rôtie, Belle Helene
    Michel & Stephane Ogier

    Côte Rôtie, Belle Helene,



    Michel & Stephane Ogier, Côte Rôtie, Belle Helene, 2001

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Michel & Stephane Ogier, Côte Rôtie, Belle Helene, 2001
    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
    (bottled in March of 2004) Full ruby-red. Youthfully closed nose hints at gibier, woodsmoke and oak, with pungent peppery depth. On the palate, this comes across as a sexier version of a young Chave Hermitage, with notes of dark fruits, chocolate, black olive and pepper, and a great slow-building aftertaste. Extremely deep wine that's best today on the explosive finish. As with the two 2003s, the 2001 Lancement is much easier to taste than this cuvee in the early going. This needs a good eight to ten years of additional bottle aging, and may ultimately surpass the Lancement.
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    Michel & Stephane Ogier

    Michel & Stephane Ogier

    After years of selling to negociants, Michel Ogier very belatedly started bottling up his own wines in the 1980s. Stephane, his son, took over the reins of the Domaine at the end of the nineties and has been carving a great reputation for himself. Within 10 years of winemaking he established himself as one of the very greatest producers of Cote Rotie there is. He exploits tiny parcels of vines throughout Cote Rotie, in the Cote Blonde, Brune and Cote Rosiers vineyards. His wines are typically Cote Rotie but with a modern polish. They are true to terroir and are made with either whole bunch or de-stemmed grape fermentation depending on terroir and vintage. Nothing is too systematic here, every detail in the winemaking process is thought through carefully and techniques are adapted according to necessity. The wines are aged in oak barriques from 18 to 24 months in 20-100% new oak depending on the cuvee. These are glorious wines – enchanting and alluring but with requisite density and dimension for a true Cote Rotie

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