With his new facility in full swing, the ogier wines have never been better. Stephane continues to refine and get the most out of these vineyards, and 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; while Cote-Rotie will always be the mainstay of Ogier, there are some hidden treasures in the lineup, like the St. Joseph Le Passage. Sourced from the slightly cooler northern St. Joseph villages of Malleval, Limony, and Saint-Pierre de Boeu, from 30-year-old Syrah vines planted on Granite, 2020 is the single best example of the Le Passage that has been made. It shows the mastery of Ogier at any level and his ability to create magnificent terroir-centric wines at any price point. The 2020 Le Passage is outstanding and on the level of Gonon this vintage, at a fraction of the price, and as Jeb Notes below, he'd put it up with the best of the appellation. The purity of fruit here is outstanding, with a touch of spice and minerals. It's so classically St. Joseph yet Ogier simultaneously, with fantastic energy and harmony. It is truly one of the best of its kind and the ultimate buy for St. Joseph this vintage.
Jed Dunnuck 93 pts! "From the northern parts of the appellation, the 2020 Saint Joseph Le Passage has a beautiful, mineral-laced style, and it's classic Saint Joseph with its darker, peppery, earthy aromas and flavors. It's nicely concentrated and medium to full-bodied, with wonderful tannins and a great finish. It's a brilliant Saint Joseph that I'd put up with the best in appellation."