2015 Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie Reserve$99.99
Stephane Ogier has recently completed his new winery, which he feels has helped to make his wines even better. The last several vintages have been excellent here, and he compares his 2015 vintage to the wines he made in 1999, 2005, and 2010. His Cote Rotie reserve is a blend of 11 different sites from elevations of 500 to 1000 plus feet. He also works the vineyards sustainably, and they are comprised of 65% Brune (microschist), 35% Blonde (granite & gneiss). The average age of the vines that go into this wine is 40+ years old, and he does blend about 3% Viognier into this wine. He also uses about 30% whole cluster fruit, ferments with native yeasts, and employs approximately 20% new oak. 2015 is a blockbuster and a true testament why he is one of the top addresses in Cote Rotie!
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 94 pts! (M & S Ogier D'ampuis Côte-rôtie Réserve Red) Deep ruby. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, violet, olive paste and smoky minerals, with a suave floral topnote. Offers densely packed black and blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that stretch out slowly as the wine opens up. Displays excellent definition on a very long, lively finish that's given shape by chewy, building tannins. (Drink between 2024-2032)
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 93 pts! The 2015 Cote Rotie Reserve is rich, velvety-textured and long. Raspberries and herbal notes are joined by hints of cured meat in this medium to full-bodied wine. It should drink well for up to 15 years.