Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2011 Viognier de Rosine was aged in a combination of barrel and foudre and went through partial malolactic fermentation. Elegant white peach and apricot notes intermixed with honeysuckle jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, crisp, fresh, lively white. It is a dead-ringer for a fine Condrieu. (Dec 2012)
Stephane has been purchasing vineyards on the other side of the Rhone River in Seyssuel, near Vienne. The Viognier de Rosine is produced from these west-facing vines, which average 20 years. As in Cote Rotie, all of the fruit is hand-harvested then 80% of the wine is fermented and aged in barrel (20% new). The remaining 20% of the fruit is fermented is tank. After seven months the barreled wine is decanted into tank and the 20% tank wine is placed in barrels for one month. The Viognier de Rosine is a high-toned, delicate, floral wine with wonderful drive, length and complexity. Baby Condrieu!
|This tiny estate, located in the village of Ampuis, consists of 15 acres (6 acres are within the Cote Rotie appellation). Prior to 1980, Michel, the father, sold off both his fruit and the wines he produced to the large negociant Marcel Guigal. Michel began to bottle his wines under his own label, and Bobby’s first vintage working with Domaine Ogier was 1988. Today, more than 20 years later, Stephane Ogier, his son, is in charge of the property. His youthful energy and passion for the vineyards and winemaking have resulted in the estate’s rise to superstar status over the past ten years.