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STÉPHANE OGIER

LVT 2016 r 2016 wh A highly progressive domaine, in the hands of enthusiastic, switched-on Stéphane Ogier. Plots are vinified separately. Cellar techniques have been active, but are being eased back, with less obvious oaking. Stéphane opened a spiffing new cellar complex on the road south of Ampuis in December 2015, and now has much more space. The best wines, eg Belle Hélène, which is from Côte Rozier, have richness to handle the oak. The Côte-Rôtie range was added to in 2015 with a Côte Blonde and a La Viallière. The main wines are very expensive. In 2010 he introduced a set of site-specific Côte-Rôties; there are six of them, sold in a six bottle wooden presentation case: Berthelon, Cognet, Le Champin, Côte Baudin, Montmain and Fongeant. They were not produced in 2011 and 2014, and the Fongeant did not feature in the 2010 range.

There are sound mini-négociant wines, including a Saint-Joseph red and a Côtes du Rhône red Le Temps est Venu from the Plan de Dieu area. The Syrah and Viognier vins de pays La Rosine are both good, as is his Seyssuel, which was a **** wine in 2016. The wines are now from Stéphane Ogier rather than the M & S Ogier d'Ampuis title used since around 2003 to distinguish them from the merchant Ogier at Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Stéphane, father Michel Ogier 97 route de la Taquière 69420 Ampuis

Tel: +33(0)475 56 10 75

sogier@domaine-ogier.fr

Countries exported to:1) GB 2) USA 3) Asia – S Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan – before was ) USA 2) GB 3) Switzerland

Percentage Exported: 60%, up from 50%

British Importers: Lay & Wheeler, J Goedhuis, Laytons, John Armit, Berry Brothers www.bbr.com The Wine Society, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage SG1 2BT +44(0)1438 737700 www.thewinesociety.com Raeburn Charles Taylor

USA Importers: Robert Kacher Selections 1801 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 3 Washington DC 20009 +1202 832 9083 www.robertkacherselections.com Domaine Select Delia Dent 105 Madison Ave 13th Floor New York NY 10016 www.domaineselect.com ddent@domaineselect.com