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Domaine Michel and Stephane Ogier History, Overview
Domaine Michel Ogier, which is 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 Ogier family was making more money growing fruit! By 1987, they were bottling and selling their entire harvest. From that point forward, they never looked back!
In 1998, the name of the domaine was changed to Michel & Stephane Ogier, announcing the arrival and participation of Stephane Ogier.
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.
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!
Coinciding with the new cellars which were finished in 2014. 2014 marked another change in the name. From that point forward, the wines began selling under the name of Stephane Ogier.
The best vintages for Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie are: 2017, 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 Stephane Ogier produce a wide array of different Cote Rotie wines.
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.
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.
Stephane Ogier Belle Helene made its debut with the 1995 vintage. At the time the wine was first created, it was originally thought of as an experiment.
Belle Helene takes its name from the wife of Michel Ogier. Belle Helene, which is made from 100% Syrah comes from .5 hectares of vines planted in Cote Rozier.
Ogier Belle Helene is the best vines on Cote Rozier planted by the grandfather of Stephane Ogier.The grapes are 100% whole cluster pressed and is aged in 50-100% new, French oak barrels depending on the vintage. The wine is only new oak for the initial 12 months of the aging, with the remainder of the aging period taking place in neutral oak. Belle Helene is a small production wine. On average, only about 150 -200 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!
Stephane Ogier Mon Village was first produced in the 2010 vintage. The wine is made from a blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier. The wine is a blend of 6 different vineyards. Most of the grapes are destemmed. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks and aged in mostly used oak barrels. The average production is 175 case per vintage.
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 grapes are 100% destemmed. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks.
The wine used to be aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels. Today, there is no new oak used in the aging process that lasts for 20 months. The wine made its debut in 2001. Close to 100 cases are produced each vintage.
Stephane Ogier Cote Blonde made its debut with the 2015 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.
Most of the grapes are destemmed. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks and aged in mostly used oak barrels. The average blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. The production is on average only 75 cases, give or take. It’s an extraordinary expression of Cote Rotie.
The good news is that Stephane Ogier just purchased an additional .02 hectares of vines in Cote Blonde, bringing his holdings there to almost .5 hectares, so production will double in the future.
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 Viognier. The vines are well placed in a myriad of 11 different lieux-dits including Bertholon, Cote Bodin, Champon, Lancement and Vialliere. You can look at the blend as 65% Cote Brune and 35% Cote Blonde.
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.
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. Embruns is not longer in production. Those grapes are now used for Bertholon, which is placed in the 6 packs.
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 that can include wine from Champon, Bertholon and Cote Bodin. The case production varies from 400, 6 packs to 1,000 6 packs.
Stephane Ogier Cote Bodin is produced from vines planted in the lieu-dit of the same name.
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.
Stephane Ogier Fongeant comes from vines placed in the Fongeant vineyard as the name suggests. The lieu-dit is situated just above the Cote Brune lieu-dit. The wine was produced for the first time starting with the 2012 vintage.
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.
The grapes are 100% whole bunch fermented. Vinification takes place in stainless steel.The wine is aged for an average of 20 months in 20% new French oak barrels.
However, it is important to note that wine is only in the new oak for the initial 12 months of aging. From there, all of the wine is aged in neutral barrels. Not much wine is made as the production is on average only 250 cases per year.
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 La Rosiene is aged in 10% new, French oak barrels for 14 months.
When to Drink Michel & Stephane Ogier, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Michel & Stephane Ogier, when young, should be decanted at least 1-3 hours, give or take, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Michel & Stephane Ogier is often better with 5-7 years of cellaring and should be at its best between10-25 years of age.
Serving Michel & Stephane Ogier with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Michel & Stephane Ogier is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
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, tomatoes, eggplant and sausage. 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.
Michel & Stéphane Ogier Wine Tasting Notes
13 Vintages 74077 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2010||Michel & Stéphane Ogier (Côte-Rôtie)|
In the middle of its move from primary to mature, this youthful wine is a beauty. Concentrated, energetic and loaded with ripe, juicy, sweet, fresh dark, red fruits, earth, spice box, smoke and thyme, the wine feels even better than it smells. The finish has this great, juicy, vibrant, pure quality that brings you back to the glass for another sip! The wine is produced using 100% Syrah from vines planted in the Cote Brune.
3435 Views Tasted Oct 11, 2017
|2009||Michel & Stéphane Ogier Cuvée Lancement (Côte-Rôtie)|
Far too young, but the character of these 2009 wines makes it hard to stop from pulling cork, even knowing how much better this is going to get with more age. Showing a good depth of color, the dark red berries, smoke, earth, leaf and green olive, along with plum and thyme aromatics just grab you. But it's the silky, lush, fat, juicy, fresh, dark red fruits that spend time on your palate that keep you there. The liqueur finish, with its bright character is just great. Although, another 5 years in the cellar will make this even better.
1549 Views Tasted Oct 29, 2016
|2007||Michel & Stéphane Ogier Cuvée la Belle Hélène (Côte-Rôtie)|
Some nights, Cote Rotie calls my name, and when it does, I answer the call. With a beautiful nose filled with flowers, charcoal, earth, spicy red cherries, kirsch, smoke, strawberry liqueur and minerals, you're focused on what comes next. On the palate, powerful waves of fresh, ripe cherries and brown sugar are just what the doctor ordered. The wine finishes with uplifting, refreshing notes of juicy, ripe red berries, plums and sensuous textures. This is hard to find, as not much is made, but if you're a fan of Cote Rotie, it's worth the effort. Popped and poured, the wine got better and better in the glass.
3146 Views Tasted Feb 6, 2013
|2007||Michel & Stéphane Ogier (Côte-Rôtie)|
Silky, soft and smooth, this sensous, polished wine delivers the essence of pure, ripe cherries, kirsch and black cherry, complicated with wet earth and spice. The supple finish remains on your palate serving up a platter of ripe, dark red fruits. At close to its 7th birthday, this is starting to drink nicely.
1930 Views Tasted Dec 14, 2013
|2005||Michel & Stéphane Ogier (Côte-Rôtie)|
This is just starting to bare its medium bodied, cherry, strawberry, bacon fat, earth, pepper and black raspberry charms. Medium bodied with the ability to age, this round, Cote Rotie ends with a fresh, spicy, black cherry finish. This could improve over the next few years.
3285 Views Tasted May 4, 2012
|2003||Michel & Stéphane Ogier Les Embruns (Côte-Rôtie)|
Fully mature, with an earthy, black cherry, licorice and smokey nose. Lush, round, soft and at peak, the wine ends with a blast of earthy, kirsch and spicy notes.
1425 Views Tasted Nov 11, 2015
|2001||Michel & Stéphane Ogier Cuvée la Belle Hélène (Côte-Rôtie)|
Still young and holding back much of what it will eventually offer in reserve, the wine is fresh, vibrant, juicy, spicy and fragrant. There is lift, concentration and loads of ripe, spicy, sweet fruits. Another few years will add more to the wine, but it's easy to see, this is a beauty.
956 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2018
An outstanding showing for this beauty. Decanted about one hour, the floral, dark red fruit, spice, earth, bacon fat and kirsch nose was in full force. I loved the brightness on the palate, as it was matched with silky, sweet, cherries and spice that delivered lift and heft.
1781 Views Tasted Oct 31, 2016
This is a beautiful example of Cote Rotie that is really starting to show well. The nose serves up intoxicating floral, black raspberry earth, spice and thyme scents. The sweet, ripe berries have the perfect combination of lift, depth and vibrancy, coupled with complex aromatics, silky, lush textures and volume to make each sniff and sip more interesting than the last one. Not much of this beauty is made. It's truly worth the effort to seek out a few bottles. At close to 15 years of age, it's really coming into its own.
2335 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2015
2001 Belle Helene from Ogier is a knock out from the moment the cork is popped. With aromatics of smoke, bacon fat, coffee, black cherry, pepper, olives, licorice and spice. The wine is full bodied and deep, with the structure to age. On the palate there is an intensity of flavor that shines in the long, fresh, blackberry and cassis flavored finish. Still young, this wine will only get better.
3463 Views Tasted Nov 29, 2010
|2001||Michel & Stéphane Ogier Cuvée Lancement (Côte-Rôtie)|
This sublime wine gets better and better each time time I taste it! With a pungent nose of fresh, ripe, berries, bacon fat, fennel, earth, smoke, flowers and herbs, the wine is full bodied, fresh, concentrated, complex and feels like exotic silk on your palate. This is drinking great today as we just popped and poured the bottle.
1608 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2015
This beauty keeps adding complexity, texture and nuance to its silky, supple exotic textures and earthy, floral, boysenberry, spice, herb and bacon personality. If you are luck enough to have a bottle of this in your cellar, grab it and pop a cork.
2101 Views Tasted Jan 5, 2013
Ogier Lancement Cote Rotie is almost impossible to find, with its whopping production on 100 cases. With a nose filled with bacon fat, olives, smoke, fresh blackberry jam and strawberry, it’s sweet, rich, ripe, opulent, spicy and sexy. From 100% Syrah from the Cote Blonde, this is drinking great today.
2157 Views Tasted Oct 8, 2011
01 Ogier Lancement is a very sexy, powerful Cote Rotie. This scarce gem is a must for any Northern Rhone fan. Still young and primary, with a boatload of dark Kirsch, bacon fat, pepper and herbs, this will develop very nicely.
1792 Views Tasted Sep 6, 2010
|1999||Michel & Stéphane Ogier Cuvée la Belle Hélène (Côte-Rôtie)|
Tasting surprisingly young, blind I would have been shocked to find this was 16 years of age. Splash decanting brought its floral, earthy, espresso, blackberry, dark cherry, stone and barbecue notes. On the palate, the wine is powerful, concentrated and in balance. The fruit is fresh, crisp and sweet, and oh so young, leaving with a a long expression of minerality and purity in the mouth. This requires at least 3-5 more years before maturity settles in. As a point of comparison, it was less developed than the 1999 Guigal La Landonne it was paired against!
3881 Views Tasted Jan 2, 2015
This was my first experience with the vintage. Having read glowing reports from Parker and our friends from across the pond, I was looking forward to it. This was a mind blowing wine! This was completely black in color. Insane levels of concentration and glycerin. Intense aromatics of fruit, spice, earth, flowers and herbs scream from the glass. The palate easily slips into ecstasy as the wine eases its way across your taste buds. The compelling finish lasts well over a minute. In 1999, this wine competes with the La La’s. This is spellbinding juice
4920 Views Tasted Mar 10, 2007
|1999||Michel & Stéphane Ogier (Côte-Rôtie)|
Fully mature and drinking in the perfect, sweet spot, fresh cherries, kirsch, spice, earth, bacon fat, pepper and grilled beef scents are all over the place. Silky textures and sensuous, lush, ripe, spicy red berries in the finish make it even better. I'm not sure I'd age it much longer. But it's tasting so great now, there is no reason to wait to pop a cork.
2276 Views Tasted Nov 25, 2012
You're greeted by a beautiful nose filled with flowers, bacon fat, plum, truffle, licorice and smoke. Rich, supple and opulent in texture, this delicious, mature Cote Rotie ends with a kinky, black cherry and spice finish. This is drinking great today. If you have a bottle, there is no reason to wait.
2753 Views Tasted Dec 30, 2011
Spice, fresh picked cherries, flowers, earth, licorice and black raspberries make up the complex perfume. Silky and supple in texture, this fully mature Cote Rotie feels great on your palate when it delivers layers of fresh, spicy ripe, red and black fruits. The wine kept getting better in the glass for as long as I could keep my hands off it, which was about 2 hours. Bravo Stephane Ogier!
2748 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2011
Flowers, pepper, kirsch, strawberry, earth and spicy aromas opened this exciting wine. With ample freshness and concentration, this full bodied, elegant, rich, well textured wine delivers layers of ripe dark red berries, pepper and earthy flavors. This is drinking at the perfect place today.
3187 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2011
1999 Ogier Cote Rotie continues to impress every time I pop a cork. With an intense nose filled with kirsch, black pepper, dark cherries and liqueur aromatics, the wine insists on getting your attention. The lush, fresh, round and elegant wine offers the perfect balance of acidity. There is just enough to give the wine lift, but not too much, allowing the wine to feel good on your palate. The black raspberry and dark cherry finish lasts close to :40. 95 Pts
3280 Views Tasted Dec 20, 2010
Sizzling bacon fat, black cherry liqueur, graphite, smoke, earth,caramel and pepper aromatics lead into a full bodied, silky wine that finishes with black cherry and tart strawberries. There is a chalky feeling in the mouth that is a bit distracting. This is probably fully mature and should be consumed over the next few years.
3478 Views Tasted Aug 14, 2010
Bacon fat, ripe, deep fruit, herbs and peppery spices filled the glass. What a beautiful wine. Very lush and plush. This is already drinking well today but will easily improve for 15-20 more years
2348 Views Tasted Jun 1, 2009
Smells of bacon fat, flowers and fruit cake find their way from the glass to your nose. Still tannic. Serious backbone and structure to this wine. A lot of acidity. Lengthy red cherry and strawberry finish.
2774 Views Tasted Dec 2, 2008
|1998||Michel & Stéphane Ogier Cuvée la Belle Hélène (Côte-Rôtie)|
This is so close to being stunning. It's almost there. But almost only counts in horse races and hand grenades. The perfume, with its pepper, earth, kirsch and garrigue is sublime. On the palate, the wine is regal, elegant and plush. The finish is all about the beautiful purity of fresh ripe cherries. The only problem is, the finish was a bit short. This is drinking at the perfect place today. I'll finish my few remaining bottles over the next 5-8 years.
3141 Views Tasted Oct 20, 2012
Full bodied, rich and concentrated with layers of ripe black fruits, but the amount of oak in this bottle was overpowering. Even with 2 hours of air, it barely dissipated. I loved the weight, depth, fruit and texture, but from memory the previous bottle showed a lot less oak.
3243 Views Tasted Dec 5, 2011
Dark color with aromas of black pepper, herbs, earth and grilled meat. An opulent array of black and red cherry flavors fills your mouth with ample freshness while the wine finishes with soft touches of spicy red and black fruit. Still young, another 5 years of sleep with add a lot to this stylish wine.
1317 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2007
|1998||Michel & Stéphane Ogier (Côte-Rôtie)|
Sappy, kirsch and black fruit Cote Rotie quality that perfectly marries red and black fruit sensations. Medium bodied and already mature.
2148 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2005
|1991||Michel & Stéphane Ogier (Côte-Rôtie)|
Potent essence of kirsch, cinnamon, blackberry liqueur, jammy strawberry, licorice, market herbs, bacon fat, essence of plum and dark cherries. Rich, sweet, ripe, round cherries blanket your mouth. The opulent, satin textured finish is filled with ripe, plums, black cherry and dark berries make this an out standing Cote Rotie.
1620 Views Tasted May 22, 2010