If we had to pick just 1 appellation, it would likely be Côte Rôtie.
The finesse & elegance of a Côtes du Rhône Cru
Côte Rôtie is a prestigious red-wine appellation at the northern tip of France’s Rhône Valley wine region. Treat yourself to a bottle of Côte Rôtie and feel a legend come to life.. Greek and Latin writers already knew of Côte-Rôtie wine. Its reputation has only grown over the centuries.
The predominant grape variety is Syrah (min. 80% max. 100%) supported by Viognier up to limit of 20%.
Every time we drink the wines made by Stéphane Ogier, we try to imagine how a wine could possibly get any better and then….. we can’t. The wine is spectacular and will only improve over the next decade or 2.
Stephane Ogier is a perfectionist that does not compromise on much, particularly not quality. Every wine he produces is unique and delicious.
The “But de Mont” Lieux Dit is located in the Côte Blonde above Maison Rouge. The wine has a stunning perfume, opulence, great elegance, layering and sweet supple fruit. It’s 100% de-stemmed to avoid the vegetal character that stems of the Côte Blonde can yield. This is a beautiful late release from a top vintage. “The 2010s are all remarkable wines at Ogier.”
– Robert Parker
The wine is profound. Aged in 30%, new, French oak barrels with the remainder being 4 years of age. The wine remains in barrel for about 18 months, but that can vary, depending on the strength and character of the vintage. The production is on average, 1,600 cases per vintage.
Having said that, if you are in the mood for a quality French red, from a premium winemaker, this is one of my favourite Syrah’s from Stephane Ogier hands down.
The extremely fine nose offers an intense and complex bouquet between varietal notes of cherry, violet and white pepper. The second develops more tertiary notes on noble leather. On the palate, the finesse is at the rendez-vous with a long length on satin tannins. Inratable!
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