The seventh generation of Ogier winemakers in Cote Rotie, Stephane has a distinct advantage over virtually all competition with access to his family’s land throughout Cote Rotie’s most cherished vineyards in Lancement, Côte-Rozier, and La Viallière. But just because he was given a leg up doesn’t make him a good winemaker… but making a few 100-point wines certainly does!
Stephane has become a force in the Rhone and one of France’s brightest young stars. His Côte-Rôties are some of the wine world’s most celebrated collectibles with the single-vineyard bottlings starting at $400/bottle and going up from there. In the short time since taking over, production at the winery has doubled in size a few times, with his collection of wines earning lavish praise from Jeb Dunnuck who called it “one of the most exciting domaines in the world of wine today.”
If you can get your hands on any of his wines, I recommend you do. Parker’s Wine Advocate has called his wines “worth the search” and I’m telling you– allocations of any of his wines are gone before you can blink. This is a Côte-Rôtie bargain if there is such thing– a double 93-point beauty that is big, seductive and gets better and better with more time in the glass. It’s an incredible showing.
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93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
An alluring style, with concentrated cassis and plum puree flavors that move gracefully as the silky structure and perfumy black tea and bergamot notes flitter through. The long, refined finish features subtle, lingering minerality. Best from 2022 through 2033.
93 Points, James Suckling
There’s a lot to like in this 2016. Pepper-dusted, red berries, strawberries, red plums and raspberries. Refined herbs on offer, too. The palate is succulent, fleshy and soft with tangy, red berries and cherries. This has a more approachable feel than the Reserve bottling from here. Drink or hold.
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