2007 Domaine Michel & Stéphane Ogier "Lancement" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408481 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A 100% Syrah aged in 50% new French oak, the 2007 Cote Rotie Lancement Cote Blonde is a prodigious wine that flirts with perfection. It offers up notes of bacon fat, tapenade, sweet cassis and black raspberries, graphite and subtle barbecue smoke. Opulent, fleshy and rich, it is a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on. Drink it over the next 12-15 years. One of France’s most brilliant small artisanal wineries is that of the Ogier family in Ampuis, situated about six blocks north of Guigal’s vast network of underground cellars. The value picks are the wines made from the steep hillsides north of the old Roman settlement of Vienne. (RP)  (2/2011)

95 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby. Seductively perfumed bouquet of strawberry, black raspberry, Asian spices and minerals. Becomes more fragrant with air and offers sweet red fruit flavors are framed by silky tannins. The finish is impressively pure and penetrating, with a strong echo of sweet red fruit and candied flowers. Ogier told me that he doesn't plan to release this wine or the Belle Helene until 2011. (JR)  (1/2010)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Piercing black tea and coffee aromas lead the way for a refined, silky, racy palate of crushed currant, blackberry and açaí berry fruit flavors, harnessed by a strong iron note on the long finish. There's ample dark fruit, but the minerality blazes through. (JM)  (10/2010)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming from a lieu-dit on the edge of the Côte Blonde, the 2007 Michel & Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Lancement has soaring aromatics of spiced meats, bacon, white pepper and deep, rich fruit. Very fragrant, there’s a serious core of minerality as well. This medium to full bodied wine shows impeccable balance, a solid, firm mid-palate, textured and perfectly ripe fruit, and a long, edgy finish. Lively and energy packed, this should drink well over the next 15 or more years.  (5/2010)


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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Cote Rotie