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October 25, 2011

MNSC Rhone Trip Day 3: Ogier

Visited Ogier and we were received by Stephane Ogier. Very obviously different from the other two proprietors we visited earlier in the day… just by feeling the very rough texture of his palms.

2010 Ogier Le Temps Est Venu – fresh, fruity, herbs, straight forward.

2010 Ogier La Rosine – more open, opulent, with bacon fat, leather, floral, exotic spices like nutmeg. Planted on granite and de-stemmed.

2010 Ogier L’Âme Sœur – a bit more pungent, smoky.

2010 Ogier Côte-Rôtie, pre-blend – floral and beautiful, with mint and spices.

2010 Ogier Côte-Rôtie, from Champin - mineral, flint, peppery. Nice acidity with good tannin structure.

2010 Ogier Côte-Rôtie, from Rozier - this is fruit that goes into La Belle Hélène, with 50% stems. Floral, minty, potpourri, and more open than Champans.

2009 Ogier La Rosine – grilled meat, dried herbs, sweet fruit and good acidity.

2009 Ogier Saint-Joseph – minty with potpourri. Nice acidity and tannin balance.

2009 Ogier L’Âme Sœur – there was purity of fruit, with mint and minerals.

2009 Ogier Côte-Rôtie – fragrant, a little floral, minty and fruity. Very elegant.

2009 Ogier Côte-Rôtie Lancement – minty, perfumed and flamboyant, with a bit of herbs and potpourri.

2007 Ogier L’Âme Sœur – nice and open, with leather and animal notes. Good acidity.

2007 Ogier Côte-Rôtie – floral and lovely, smoky with grilled meats.

2007 Ogier Côte-Rôtie Lancement – nice and rich with dried herb notes. Sweet on the palate.

2007 Ogier Côte-Rôtie La Belle Hélène – perfumed and elegant with mint and herbs. Lovely. There is enough tannins here for structure.

2009 Ogier Côte-Rôtie La Belle Hélène – opulent and more jammy. Good acidity.

2010 Ogier Viognier de Rosine – floral, mineral with ripe fruits.

2010 Ogier Condrieu La Combe de Malleval – more floral and mineral.

2010 Ogier Condrieu Les Vieilles Vignes de Jacques Vernay - mineral, very floral and fragrant.

2011 Ogier “Bâtard-Montrachet” – we saw a very small barrel tucked between bigger siblings, with the words “BATARD MONTRACHET” scribbled on the front. Being a curious bunch, we asked Stephane what it was… Apparently it’s made from Chardonnay planted near La Rosine. It was still bubbling in our mouths, and the nose was very toasty.

2010 Ogier experimental sweet wine – made from 100% Roussanne, this experiment started in 2004 but the wine was never commercially released. Lots of noble rot, acetone, honey, ripe and oxidized, with straw and beeswax. Very rich.

Very nice to taste through all these wines, as I previously didn't have any exposure to Ogier.

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