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Lancement Côte-Rôtie by Stéphane Ogier 2015

Lancement Côte-Rôtie

by Stéphane Ogier 2015

Producer : Michel et Stéphane Ogier

Region : France (France), Northern Rhône (France)

Bottle Per Case : 3 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The finest vintage of this cuvée to date, there's a scant four barrels of the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lancement, which comes from a site high up on the slope in the Côte Blonde end of the appellation. Completely destemmed and brought up all in new oak, it has the classic perfume this cuvée always shows yet is inky colored, deep, incredibly concentrated, and long. Exotic flowers, black cherries, hints of cassis, olive tapenade and peppery, gamey notes all soar from this full-bodied, seamless, straight up awesome Côte Rôtie that reminds me of what the 1978 Guigal La Mouline must have tasted like on release. With sweet, sweet tannin, no hard edges, and a grand, majestic personality, drink it anytime over the coming 20-25 years."

100 point, Jeb Dunnuck - Jan 2018

"My top pick among Ogier’s 2015s is his 2015 Cote Rotie Lancement. It shows wonderful smoky, herbal and bacony complexity on the nose, then follows that up with a concentrated, medium to full-bodied wine that stays light on its feet through a nearly endless finish. A really spectacular effort, worth the search. Stephane Ogier grins from ear to ear when talking about his recently completed winery. He feels like it’s enabled him to raise the quality of his wines. Plus, it’s just plain cool. Ogier is also smiling about the last three vintages, which have all been excellent. We didn’t speak much about the 2017s, which had just gone to barrel, but Ogier told me he likes the charm of the 2016s. And of the 2015s, he said, 'Even if it’s a sunny-type vintage--it’s powerful and rich--we worked hard to keep the freshness and balance.' He considers the raw materials 'at the level of 2010, 2005 and 1999.' (JC)"

98 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Dec 2017

"Saturated ruby. Intense, mineral-tinged aromas of ripe red and blue fruits, smoked meat, incense and pungent flowers are accented by exotic Asian spice flourishes. Sappy and deeply concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering impressively focused boysenberry, raspberry, olive paste and floral pastille flavors that are underscored by a vibrant mineral quality. Smooth, gently gripping tannins build stealthily a floral-driven finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity and resonating spiciness. (JR)"

97 points, Vinous - April 2018

Specs

Bottles Per Case 3 Pack
Point Score 100
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Michel et Stéphane Ogier
Region France (France), Northern Rhône (France)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Subtle & fruity
Vintage 2015
Farming Method Traditional
Grapes 100% Syrah / Shiraz
Food Pairing Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full, Medium
Price of Case $1, 722.00

The Producer

Michel et Stéphane Ogier

The Ogier family was making more money growing fruit in those days! By 1987, they were bottling and selling their entire harvest. From that point forward, they never looked back! In 1998, the name of the domaine was changed to Michel & Stephane Ogier, announcing the arrival and participation of Stephane Ogier, who joined his father in the family business. Before devoting himself to the estate full-time, Stephane Ogier spent time learning about wine by working in Beaune and South Africa. In 2003, they completely renovated their cellars and added new, temperature controlled, fermentation vats. Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote Rotie, like many Cote Rotie properties, is a completely family run estate. Today, Stephane Ogier is responsible for many of the domaine’s decisions to produce Ogier Cote Rotie. Today Stéphane Ogier is one of the northern Rhône Valley’s most distinguished producers who sells his best wines for up to $650 a bottle.
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