Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier "Le Village" Cote-Rotie 2012

  • 2012 Côte Rôtie Le Village is Stéphane’s entry 'Village' level wine
  • Coming from mostly younger vines and some upper plateau sections of the estate, it shows the estate’s pretty, juicy, perfumed style with its crisp blackberry fruits
  • It’s a classic Côte Rôtie to drink now
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  • Robert Parker's
    90 points
  • Vinous
    91 points

Editors notes

Domaine Stéphane Ogier is a producer in the northern Rhône appellation of Côte Rôtie. It is especially well known for varietal Syrah from several highly regarded appellations in the region, but also making small amounts of Viognier from Condrieu and red and white Vin de Pays wine.

The Ogier family has farmed the Rhône Valley for generations, including tending vineyards. The domaine was formed by Michel Ogier who had been growing grapes in the village of Ampuis in Côte Rôtie and selling them, notably to famous Rhône producers Guigal and Chapoutier. Ogier began making its own wine in the early 1980s and by 1987 was vinifying and bottling its entire harvest. Michel's son Stéphane began working at the winery in 1998 after studying viticulture and enology in Burgundy and within a few years he took over running the domaine. The estate had gone by Domaine Michel Ogier, but new vintages now commonly say either Domaine Michel et Stephane Ogier or M&S Ogier d'Ampuis.

When the estate began vinifying its own grapes, it had roughly 3 hectares under vine. Beginning at the end of the 1990s more vineyards were planted or purchased, specifically several in new Côte-Rôtie lieux-dits and a small 1.2 ha vineyard in Condrieu. The domaine believes strongly in the quality of specific sites within Côte-Rôtie, comparing them to the variously tiered village, premier cru and grand cru AOCs in Burgundy. It has practiced vinifying individual parcels separately and labels often carry the name of the specific lieux-dits where the grapes comes from, though no legal classification for sub-regions exists in Côte-Rôtie. In 2015 Ogier was farming 16 ha, 8 of which were in Côte-Rôtie. It also established a small négociant business which provides the fruit for the Le Temps Est Venu Côtes du Rhone.

The wines have been critically praised with several vintages of the Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Belle Helene, from the Côte Brun lieu-dit, earning 100 points from Robert Parker.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • White Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Pepper
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Poultry
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    "Outer quote mark A new cuvee that’s intended to mirror the hierarchy in Burgundy, the 2012 Côte Rôtie Le Village is Stéphane’s entry 'Village' level wine. Coming from mostly younger vines and some upper plateau sections of the estate, it shows the estate’s pretty, juicy, perfumed style with its crisp blackberry fruits, smoke and leather-styled aromatics, medium-bodied richness and bright acidity. It’s a classic Côte Rôtie to drink over the coming decade."
  • Vinous

    "Outer quote mark Bright purple. Fresh red and dark berries on the nose, with hints of white pepper and incense adding complexity. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering zesty black raspberry and spicecake flavors and silky texture. Closes on a spicy note, with very good clarity and length. This is Ogier's new entry-level bottling of Côte-Rôtie and it is made with early drinking in mind. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2015)"

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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Rhone Valley

The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.

In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.

Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.

Cote Rotie

The rhone appellation furthest north, the translation of cote rotie is "Roasted slope," named after the region's very steep, south facing slopes that have ideal exposure to the sun. There are two main slopes, cote brunes & cote blondes. They are just as they sound, with the darker brunes soils consisting of rich clay and iron, producing firm and robust wine. The lighter soils of the blondes slope contain more slate and limestone, making elegant and soft wine. Wine can be from one designated slope, or a blend of both – the label will designate which it is.

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