Ogier La Rosine Syrah 2017 Back In Stock
2017 Seems to be the third good vintage in a row for the northern Rhône. JANCIS ROBINSON MW
Over the last decade or so, Stephane Ogier has raised the bar in just about every way possible for his estate in Côte Rôtie. Today, the estate is unquestionably in the top handful of domaines in the Rhône Valley. JEB DUNNUCK, The Wine Advocate
Stephane Ogier has moved completely away from the use of barriques to demi-muids and foudres for raising his wines. He told me that he has no interest in oak “having any influence on the wines. Oak is a common denominator” he told me. “I want the wines to be as expressive as possible of their origin and too much new wood has a real way of masking that.”
The wines, he thinks, are very deep and powerful, “with lots of dark fruit character” and he added that they’ll be pleasurable on the early side, with the ability but not the requirement to age. JOSH RAYNOLDS
For many of you receiving this you may recall me saying that the wine usually sells out quickly and we inevitably have to go back to Stephane and ask for more, over and above our initial allocation. Well, the wine sold and we had to go back to Stephane and ask for more again. It is becoming a bit of a thing with this wine. It is one of the most requested wines we offer every year and already we have orders from people who are awaiting this second shipment. Most of those people are customers who purchased some of the 2017 in the first offer and have come back for more. It really is that good. I wanted to call it the “Return of the King” offer but the powers that be squashed my idea… again.
The wine is due any day now and so we wanted to reoffer it, for those who missed out to begin with. For those who, like me, have drunk all theirs already. Also for those who haven’t yet got on board the Rosine train.
Stephane Ogier is one of the greatest producers of Syrah anywhere on the planet. His wines have garnered a humongous reputation globally and everything he crafts is of the highest quality. While his top tier Cote Rotie bottlings may be the most sought after we have long said this is the cornerstone of the estate’s reputation.
If you are not familiar with the wine, the fruit comes from a plot just outside of the southern limit of Cote Rotie and just before Condrieu. It is prime territory and we often refer to La Rosine as being Cote Rotie in all but name. This certainly holds true for the 2017 which is an absolute belter and offers, we think, some of the best value drinking you could hope to find anywhere. Tasting it at the estate last year was one of the highlights of the extensive session looking at Stephane’s wines.
An important little note, Stephane loves the Australian market and Australia. After we told Stephane about the response to the 2016 La Rosine, he was keen for us to be able to offer the 2017 at the same price – impossible given the currency right now – so he kindly dropped the price a little to make that happen and has continued that with this shipment. Hence we are offering it at the same discount as we did last year, 35% off in dozen packs. You really can’t go past this for quality and value.