SAINT JOSEPH ‘LE PASSAGE’ 2019 BY STEPHANE OGIER
Saint Joseph ‘Le Passage’ 2019 by Stephane Ogier fits the WineOnline model perfectly. Nothing gets us more pumped than a wine that performs above the level of more-expensive, or more “prestigious,” bottlings. Those of you who know and love Northern Rhône Syrah will appreciate Saint-Joseph: Its winemaker, Stephane Ogier is a Côte-Rôtie rock star!
He’s a winemaker that does not compromise on quality, and never has. Every wine he produces is unique and delicious.
“Over the last decade or so, Stephane Ogier has raised the bar in just about every way…” – Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate
“Starting in Ampuis, I caught up with Stéphane Ogier. I’ve covered Ogier’s rise from the start, nicknaming him the Côte-Rôtie Kid… he’s no longer a kid. He is one of the region’s top producers.” – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
This wine is an age-worthy Rhône Syrah that would likely fool even the savviest savants in a blind tasting into thinking it’s a Côte-Rôtie. Saint-Joseph is one of THE best-kept secrets in French wine today—taste this one and see for yourself! Côte-Rôtie quality at a Saint-Joseph price.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
Wine Spectator, 2021
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media, March 2020
SAINT JOSEPH ‘LE PASSAGE’ 2019 BY STEPHANE OGIER: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / warm, spicy, floral, fruity and mineral / Oaked
SWEETNESS / Extra Dry
CELLARING / Drink now or cellar
BEST PAIRINGS / Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
TASTING NOTE / “Dark berries, licorice, violet and spice aromas are complemented by subtle olive and woodsmoke accents. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering plush blueberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors supported by a core of juicy acidity. A candied violet nuance appears on a long, dark-fruit-driven finish, where supple tannins provide shape and gentle grip.”
Stéphane is best known for exceptional Côte-Rôties and Condrieus that are increasingly sought-after, fetching hundreds per bottle. I have always believed that the greatest values in wine come from buying world class producers’ entry level wines. You get the same care and attention paid to each product with the winemaker’s name on it, for a fraction of the price.
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