Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Plan de Dieu 'le Temps est Venu' 2010

By: The Store Room  05/12/2011

the newest wine from winemaker Stéphane Ogier, from the newly formed commune called 'Plan de Dieu'. Tank fermented. 80% Grenache 20% Syrah. Beuatifully fine aromas of red and black cherries, very smooth and elegant with a long freash finish.

About Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier

Whereas many wine producers take a lifetime to make wines of note, at thirty three years of age Stéphane Ogier is already a regional hero for the Northern Rhône Valley. Both his extraordinary wines and his stamina when enjoying the nightlife of many of the world’s cities are legendary. His love of Ireland is reciprocated by his many fans here and in the short space of time that his wines have been available in this market they have already made their way into the best restaurants and wine retailers in the country. Stéphane showed great promise from an early age, receiving 100 points from Robert Parker for his Côte-Rôtie ‘Belle Helene’ 1999 when he was only twenty two but it is recent years that his talent has begun to mature into a confident, consistent brilliance.

Stéphane studied in Beaune for five years and it is clear when tasting his wines where his main influence lies. Even his great Côte-Rôtie ‘Lancement’ is (half) jokingly referred to as his “Musigny”. Stéphane feels much greater affinity with Pinot Noir and the wine making techniques of Burgundy than he does with the Grenache based wines of the Southern Rhône. His belief is that the Syrah based reds of the Northern Rhône are at their best when expressing cool, elegant fruit flavours of cassis, black cherries and violets backed up by fresh acidity, fine tannins and alcohol levels that range between 12.5% to 13.5% by volume. He has adopted a pragmatic approach to his vinification process, cooling the fruit when he needs to, doing pre-fermentation cold soaks when required and mixing the length of the barrel ageing, particularly after the first year, depending on the vintage and the quality of the fruit. 

Much of his success however is not due to the brilliance of his wines from the famous appellation of Côte-Rôtie but rather to his exploration and development of hitherto unfashionable and long ignored areas of vin de pays in the Northern Rhône. The huge following for his wines from the six hectare La Rosine vineyard situated between Côte-Rôtie and Condrieu has subsequently encouraged many other growers in the area to seek out similar types of land for planting.  After recent purchases the domaine’s vineyard holdings now cover just over 12 hectares: three and half in Côte-Rôtie, the six vin de pays on the right bank of the Rhône and one and a half hectares in the exciting, newly re-planted vineyard area of Seyssuel to the north of Vienne, on the eastern side of the Rhône.