2016 Domaine Michel & Stéphane Ogier "Mon Village" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408482 92-94 points Vinous

 Brilliant violet. Vibrant cherry and black currant scents are complemented by black pepper, floral pastille and olive accents. Taut and structured on entry and then more pliant in the midpalate, offering intense dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that are sweetened by suave spicecake and violet accents. Shows impressive spicy lift and delineation on the subtly tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, floral-driven persistence. (JR)  (7/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 There’s a lot to like in this 2016. Pepper-dusted, red berries, strawberries, red plums and raspberries. Refined herbs on offer, too. The palate is succulent, fleshy and soft with tangy, red berries and cherries. This has a more approachable feel than the Reserve bottling from here.  (7/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 As to the base 2016 Côte Rôtie Mon Village, it has outstanding notes of spring flowers, black raspberries, game and tapenade. It’s a classic, forward, charming Côte Rôtie that has medium to full-bodied richness and a layered, undeniably delicious profile geared for drinking over the coming 8-10 years.  (12/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium-bodied 2016 Cote Rotie Village is a silky, easy-drinking wine that should be consumed over the next decade or so. It offers hints of cedar and vanilla framing mixed red berries and notes of tea leaves and black olives. It would make a solid introduction to the Ogier style, or even Côte Rôtie in general. (JC)  (10/2018)

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- 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.
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Cote Rotie