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STEPHANE OGIER Cote-Rotie "La Cote-Blonde" 2017

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Wine Region: Rhone Valley - France

Grape: Syrah

Tasting notes: "Stephane Ogier's 2017 Cote Rotie La Cote Blonde takes the quality at this estate to exquisite heights. As I previously projected from barrel and tank, it's a tremendous effort from vines planted in 2010 and adjacent to Guigal's La Mouline parcel. Soaring aromas of peppery florals, licorice and purple raspberries make a huge impression on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is dense and ripe without being heavy. It is layered with velvety tannins and glycerol richness. The long, long finish adds hints of grilled beef, brown sugar and dried spices and brings a second wave of fruit and refreshing star anise notes alongside a coating of dusty tannins." - Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

About the winery:
In 1997, Stephane Ogier joined the family estate, rooted for seven generations on the hillsides of Ampuis. After studying viticulture and oenology in Beaune, Stephane left home to work with some of the best winemakers in Burgundy and abroad. By taking over from his father Michel, he chooses to do specific work on his different terroirs to reveal the uniqueness of these places full of history.

Expert Rating:
The Wine Advocate: 99/100