We have continued to receive tons of positive feedback from clients that have tried this bottle, with some even trying multiple and stating it keeps getting better. Ogier is a master, and even at the Cote du Rhone level, the wines have quality and detail unexpected in this range. The 2018 Ogier Le Temps est Venu is an incredible buy and still one of the top Rhone values we've found this year.
We tasted this a few weeks ago, and it was just another reaffirmation that Ogier is one of the best in the Rhone. With his new facility in full swing, Stephane continues to refine and get the most out of these vineyards. Even after six generations of family winemaking, Stephane is still focused on elevating the family name. Across the board, the wines from Ogier are remarkable, with each Cuvee expressing a unique terroir, even at the Cote du Rhone level. Le Temps est Venu is sourced from plots in Plan de Dieu and Visan and is a blend of 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre between 30-50 years old, planted on clay-limestone soils. Harvest is done by hand with sorting in the vineyard and before pressing, which is done entirely with whole clusters with fermentation taking place with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled concrete—the wine ages in concrete for ten months before being bottling. The purity of fruit here is outstanding; fresh red fruits dominate the nose with a touch of spice and minerals, the palate is so juicy and energetic, with a delicious strawberry note that comes through with easy tannins and a long red fruit finish. It's a delightful wine and a pretty serious bottle at this level. The 2018 Le Temps est Venu is another winner from Stephane Ogier.