Ogier 2012 and 2009 Côte Rôties

Ogier 2012 and 2009 Côte Rôties
“if you haven't yet jumped on the Ogier bandwagon, it's time to do so.”

That is Bob Parker himself, talking about the 2009 vintage at Ogier, the eponymous domaine of Michael (Father) and Stephane (son) Ogier. Since taking control back in 2003, young and super talented Stephane has produced a string of top level wines, building on the already high reputation of his father’s work in Côte Rôtie.

And none perhaps are as downright lovely as the 2012.

Stephane likens 2012 to a blend of 2010 and 2011 - the complexity of 2010 with the open suave character of 2011. There are several lieu-dits that go into the blend that are all vinified separately, spanning the Côte Brune et Blonde areas. The fruit from parcels in the Blonde is all destalked and the wine aged in used oak, whereas the fruit from Brune is partially whole bunch and the wine aged partly in new oak. Whole bunch fermented fruit makes up about a fifth of the final blend and new oak is around the 25% mark. The Côte Rôtie is then aged for between 16-18 months in barriques.

Alongside the 2012 we have a little of the aforementioned 2009 in stock and ready for immediate delivery; a 94/100 point wine whose rich, silky exoticism blew us away last week when tasting it in the office. This is a wine you could drink now, or keep for up to a decade.

Young up and coming winemakers, exploiting fine plots in some of the Rhone’s greatest appellations, at prices like this are what make the Rhone such a compelling prospect for the fine wine lover today.