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Domaine Michel and Stephane Ogier History, Overview
Domaine Michel Ogier, the name the estate was previously known as, does not really have a long history in the Cote Rotie appellation. They started out slowly, buying vines and selling their harvest. Their initial purchases were their Lancement holdings and vines planted on Cote Rozier. Until 1982, the wines were sold to negociants. Their two biggest customers were Guigal and Chapoutier. Believe it or not, the family was making more money growing fruit! By 1987, they were bottling and selling their entire harvest. In 2003, they completely renovated their cellars and added new, temperature controlled, fermentation vats.
Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie, like many Cote Rotie properties, is a completely family run estate. Today, Stephane Ogier is responsible for many of the domaine’s decisions to produce Ogier Cote Rotie. Under his watch, this northern Rhone wine property introduced several new cuvee’s, Ogier Lancement and Ogier Embruns and he’s shepherded Ogier Belle Helene to levels of consistency as well. The wine can be profound. It’s not only a new way of looking at Cote Rotie and launching new wines from his domaine that keeps Stephane Ogier busy, he also finished building a new winery in Ampuis in 2014 just in time for the harvest! However, Stephane Ogier was still not finished modernizing his winery, as he also completed construction on of the most beautiful tasting rooms in all of Cote Rotie!
The best vintages for Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995 and 1991.
Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Ogier Cote Rotie was previously made in a traditional style with no new oak or destemming. Stephane Ogier does not shy away from trying new things or experimenting at the property. In the new cellars, which are stocked with small, gleaming stainless steel tanks that range in size from 20 to 30 hectoliters, Ogier is truly able to focus on vinifying on a parcel by parcel basis. Stephane Ogier does not avoid new oak, saying oak adds oxygen to the wine. Generally speaking they destem an average of 80% of all their grapes. Parcels are vinified separately. But grapes like Syrah and Viognier are co-fermented.
Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier produce a wide array of different Cote Rotie wines.
Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie is the mainstay of their production. The wine is produced from 100% Syrah that comes from about 70% Cote Brune and 30% Cote Blonde fruit. Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie is 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.
Ogier Cote Rotie added a new wine in 1995. At the time, the wine called Belle Helene was more of an experiment. Belle Helene takes its name from the wife of Michel Ogier. Belle Helene, which is made from 100% Syrah comes from .50 hectares of vines planted in Cote Rozier. The wine is a cask selection of Ogier Cote Rotie. Half the fruit is whole cluster pressed and is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for up to 30 months. Belle Helene is a small production wine. On average, only about 150 cases are produced each year. This is a very suave, stylish Cote Rotie that in 1999, (my favorite Cote Rotie vintage so far), is the only wine that comes close to rivaling the La La wines of Guigal!
Michel & Stephane Ogier Embruns made its debut in 2001. The wine is made from purchased fruit and aged in 50% new, French oak. Most of the fruit comes from Berthelon, on the peak of Grandes Place, La Vialliere and Montlys Lieux-dits. Only 250 cases are made each year.
Michel & Stephane Ogier Lancement comes from their old vine Syrah holdings on the Cote Blonde. Lancement is a small production wine, even for Cote Rotie. The wine is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels. The wine made its debut in 2001. Close to 100 cases are produced each vintage.
Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Blonde made its debut with the 2013 vintage from a parcel of young vines that was purchased in 2008. The vines are in great terroir, close to where Guigal gets some of their fruit for La Mouline.
Michel & Stephane Ogier Reserve is a new wine that was first produced with the 2012 vintage. The wine is made from a blend of mostly Syrah and some some Viognier. The vines are well placed in a myriad of lieux-dits, Bertholon, Cote Bodin, Champon, Lancement and Vialliere.
Michel & Stephane Ogier Le Village is a new wine that should be considered their entry level cuvee. Produced from young Syrah vines, with some Viognier, the wine made its debut with the 2014 vintage. Ogier Le Village wine is meant to be enjoyed young.
Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier also added several new, single vineyard wines to their growing Cote Rotie portfolio starting with the 2012 vintage. The wines were released as part of a special box set.
Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Bodin is produced from vines planted in the lieu-dit of the same name.
Michel & Stephane Ogier Bertholon is made from grapes grown in the Bertholon lieu-dit, which is on the cooler, clay soils found in the northern sector of the Cote Rotie appellation. The vines are old as they were planted in 1972.
Michel & Stephane Ogier Fongeant comes from vines placed in the Fongeant vineyard that is just above the Cote Brune lieu-dit. The wine was produced for the first time starting with the 2012 vintage.
Michel & Stephane Ogier Vialliere is produced from vines that are on average over 30 years of age that are planted in the Vialliere lieu-dit, which is located just under Les Grandes Places.
Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier But de Mont is made from grapes that come from the But de Mont vineyard on the Cote Blonde.
Stephane Ogier also produces two wines in Condrieu from 2.1 hectares of vines. He also makes wines in St. Joseph, Cotes du Rhone and produces a Vin de Pays. The Vin de Pays Rosiene, made from 100% Syrah, is one of the true value wines from the region. Ogier Rosiene is aged in 10% new, French oak barrels for 14 months.
Serving and Decanting Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie wines are best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Decanting time is going to vary widely, depending on the wine, with the higher end cuvee’s requiring the most time. Give them 1-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Michel & Stephane Ogier is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes, especially rich meals like cassoulet. Michel & Stephane Ogier is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Condrieu, the white wine of Ogier is perfect with a myriad of seafood courses, shell fish, crab, lobster, chicken, veal, pork, and even sushi or sashimi.
Stephane Ogier is making some of best, most exciting and hedonistic wines in all of Cote Rotie. Their non stop work ethic, and willingness to go all out to make the best wines possible clearly shows, the moment you pop a cork.