2017 Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde Côte-Rôtie Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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2017 Stéphane Ogier Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 100

Wow! This is what great wine is all about. The nose is intense with its blend of white flowers, spice, licorice, smoke, wet earth, and perfectly ripe, red, and black fruits. Texturally, this is incredibly sensuous with a finish that doesn't quit. There is weight and density, as well as balance, harmony, length, purity, depth, and most importantly, style and character. And that is what separates the good from the great wines. If you find a bottle or two, grab it, as less than 100 cases were produced. This should age for 3-4 decades effortlessly. 100 Points

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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 between 10-25 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.

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