Domaine Stephane Ogier 2016 "La Rosine" Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, Rhône Valley, France
Domaine Stephane Ogier 2016 "La Rosine" Collines Rhodaniennes, Rhône Valley
Obsessed. Obsessed is what Cara Patricia is with the wines of Stephane Ogier. Michel Ogier was known for decades as a master of Côte Rôtie, Cara’s favorite appellation of the Northern Rhône. This winery really began in 1982, as prior to that, Michele Ogier sold his beautiful fruit to the likes of Guigal and Chapoutier. For many years starting in 1998, the Domaine was renamed M&S Ogier, as Michel’s son Stephane started taking more control in the cellars as his father aged. Since 2014, the Estate is now known as Stephane Ogier. Their holdings of syrah in star vineyards in Le Blonde and Le Brune make Côte-Rôtie that can see retail bottle prices over $500. Luckily for us, the Ogiers also have vineyards planted just outside of the famous appellation.
La Rosine is a 14-acre vineyard that sits just between the southern border of Côte Rôtie and the neighboring white-wine village of Condrieu. He grows both Syrah and Viognier, and for this bottling Stephane pulls pure Syrah from 30-year-old vines and gives just as much care to them as he does his blue-chip wines. The fruit is sorted twice- once in the vineyard at harvest to make sure only the most perfect bunches are picked, and then again when it arrives at the winery to make sure each berry is perfect, too. The syrah is then 100% destemmed, macerated in stainless steel, and ferments with 100% indigenous yeasts. The wine is then slowly aged for 12 months in old oak barrels.
The La Rosine displays classic Côte Rôtie aromas and flavors such as black olive, smoked meats, ripe plums, black tea, and allspice with a silky mouthfeel.
2016 is considered among the best vintages for the Ogier collection. You can certainly enjoy this wine now, or you can lay it down for another 5-7 years and enjoy it a bit more mature when it will really show you what she’s made of. Treat this wine like a baby Côte-Rôtie, even in food pairing.
Food? Syrah loves DUCK. Grilled carrots and eggplant. Why not hold on to this bottle for Thanksgiving, too? Or, just drink it. Who knows how much more we can get?