Daily Wine 6/11/17:
Domaine Michel & Stéphane Ogier – “Le Village” – Côte-Rôtie – 2012
- This winery was founded in 1982 by Michel Ogier and owns around 16 hectares of vineyards on the extremely steep slopes of Côte-Rôtie in the Northern Rhône Valley in southeastern France.
- Stéphane makes the wine and cultivates Viognier, Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne.
- Côte-Rôtie is a region that produces only red wines dominated by Syrah, but allows a maximum of 20% Viognier to be added. This particular wine is 100% Syrah.
- The region has a rich winegrowing tradition that dates back to the Greeks and Romans, and its vineyards are among the steepest in the world.
- Côte-Rôtie = “Roasted slope”.
- Stéphane is Michel’s son and has a philosophy that is based around precision and freshness. He interprets the terroir and vinifies each block separately before blending it into one wine.
- This wine ages for 18 months in French barriques- 20% new oak.
- This wine is made from their younger vines, aging from 5-30 years old. Once the vines get older than 30 years old, they become part of other bottlings.
- Pair this with bolder meats and mushrooms.