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Stephane Ogier, Viognier ‘de Rosine’ IGP Collines Rhodaniennes 2018

£21.00 (75cl)

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SKU: RHOG0118B

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This fine 14 hectares estate is crafting some of the most spectacular wines in the Côte Rôtie appellation. After years of selling to négociants, namely Guigal and Chapoutier, Michel Ogier belatedly started bottling his own wines during the 1980s. His son, Stéphane, took over the reins of the domaine in 1997 and has been establishing a fine reputation based on his own merits. He is now considered one of the very greatest producers of Côte Rôtie. He works with tiny parcels of vines throughout Côte Rôtie, in the Côte Blonde, Brune and Côte Rosiers vineyards. His wines reflect authentic Côte Rôtie styling, but with an added element of modern polish. They are true to their terroirs, being vinified with either whole bunch or destemmed fermentation, depending on the particular terroir and vintage. In a move to clearly delineate quality, Stéphane has introduced new cuvées of Côte Rôtie that reflect a more Burgundian hierarchy: ‘village’, ‘Premier Cru’ equivalents and ‘Grand Cru’ equivalents, specifically Le Village, Réserve, Lancement, Belle Hélène and Côte Blonde.

All cuvées are individual, yet all exhibit the house style of freshness, purity and length, with an almost Burgundian feel thanks to their acidity and fine tannin structure. ‘Le Village’ originates both from younger vines and lesser terroirs located near the upper plateau; fashioned to be an earlier drinking, yet a classic Côte Rôtie. The ‘Réserve’ bottling is aimed at ‘Premier Cru’ quality, but is noticeably more concentrated and structured. It is a blend of several terroirs and has incredible complexity and length. Stéphane’s classic Viognier has hints of minerality, rich almost exotic white fruit, but with just enough freshness and judicious oak handling. The reds display attractive smoky aromas, juicy fruit and meatiness – trademarks of classic Northern Rhône.



Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):

Aged in stainless steel (25%) and older oak (75%), the 2018 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier de Rosine offers up a generous bouquet of flowery scents, apricot and pineapple. It's fleshy and plump in the mouth, but it seems a bit austere on the chalky, austere finish. ( Joe Czerwinski) Points: 88. Issue Date: 19/10/2019

Jeb Dunnuck (jebdunnuck.com):

A mini Condrieu, the 2018 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier De Rosine just jumps from the glass with its bright tangerine, apricot, and white flower notes. This carries to a lively, medium-bodied Viognier that has good acidity, a bright, lively texture, and a great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck) Points: 90. Date Tasted: 20/12/2018

Regions Vintage Report:

A year defined by a very wet spring but a warm and dry summer with very different results. The whites have generally less alcohol and are successful across the region while the reds, more affected by the climate, express a multitude of styles. Once again the yields were low and a few producers hardly made any wine! The North The region wasn’t as badly affected by the rain and being located on steep hills many of the best vineyards have great drainage potential. There was a little mildew but quite limited compared to the South and the yields are correct. The whites are fresher than 2017, rich, aromatic but with good tension. The reds are concentrated but balanced with enough structure to guarantee ageing. Their ripeness makes them charming and very appealing already but, thanks to the concentration due to the relatively low yields, they are not light and the best examples will age very well. Overall it’s an extremely good vintage with a few exceptional wines. The South The year was complicated: the rain started late March and didn’t stop until June. Working in the vineyards was very difficult; treating against the diseases like mildew was a real challenge that many organic but also conventional producers lost resulting in very low yields. Some vineyards and appellations were more affected, especially when there is a large clay content in the soil. Fortunately the summer was dry, quite hot, and the healthier vines produced nicely ripened fruit. The wines are generally charming and very appealing now without a huge concentration of tannins but they have good balance and enough structure to age, especially for the better vineyards and the east of the region, less affected by the weather. Knowing about the difficulties encountered by the producers I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the wines, many showing delicate and charming styles with early potential. They are not as rich and powerful as the 2015, 2016 and some of the 2017 vintages but will be more satisfying to many drinkers, especially when consumed young as it so often happens. Christian Honorez, Director February 2020 ©adVINture 2020

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