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. But besides the outrageously good single-vineyards, the 2015 Côte-Rôtie Reserve is a thing of beauty, and is more than worthy of its lavish 95-point score from Wine Spectator. True Côte-Rôtie lovers will absolutely love this one. It’s gorgeous, silky and perfectly structured.
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95 Points, Wine Spectator
Features dark currant, fig and boysenberry preserve flavors that are densely concentrated and supported by authoritative grip built on graphite and cast iron accents. Ganache, black tea, singed bay leaf and juniper notes add detail and range through the finish, where latent minerality lurks in reserve. Best from 2025 through 2040.
93 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2015 Cote Rotie Reserve is rich, velvety-textured and long. Raspberries and herbal notes are joined by hints of cured meat in this medium to full-bodied wine. It should drink well for up to 15 years.
92-94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
A bigger, richer, more concentrated and structured wine than the Village release, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Reserve reveals a deep purple color, awesome aromatics of raspberries, spiced meats, dried herbs and toast, with full-bodied richness and ripe, yet notable tannin. Give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following decade.