Stephane Ogier Le Temps Est Venu Blanc 2016
This fantastic cotes de rhone blanc from Stephane Ogier is the result of a very Southern-Rhône blend of white Grenache, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Viognier and Clairette. Stéphane has been working on the domain since 1997 and later took over from his father Michel. He spends every day in his labour-intensive vineyards that lie on steep slopes and terraces along the Rhone. He expanded the vineyard area and devoted himself to making characteristic, terroir-specific wines from all his different plots, with their different soils and unique circumstances. Condrieus and Côte-Rôties, and also other cuvées based on Viognier or Syrah. Stéphane received his wine training in Burgundy and that Burgundian influence works through in his current style of winemaking in the northern Rhône. He makes ‘terroir wines’ with special finesse and elegance. Ogier is targeting the perfect balance between freshness and richness. That is why his viogniers sometimes contain one per cent less alcohol than those of his fellow winemakers.
Stephane Ogier bought 6 hectares of vineyard in the southern Rhône, in Plan de Dieu, situated between Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, belonging to the AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages. Even with the grapes, he grows in this warmer area, Stéphane manages to make a terroir-specific wine that stands out for its freshness and relative lightness. The Plan de Dieu vineyard has a soil of ferruginous red clay and large boulders, the famous galets roulés. The old grenache sticks have to root extra deep on this poor soil to get water and nutrients, and also to defy the merciless, cutting cold mistral winds. All this adds to the complexity of the wine. The Côtes Du Rhône Temps Est Venu Blanc is mainly made of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, with smaller amounts of Bourboulenc, Clairette, Marsanne and Viognier. It was all raised in concrete tanks and was bottled around April. Father Michel sold his grapes to Guigal until 1987. After that, he started making and bottling his own wine. His son Stéphane is now in charge and in 2009 he bought extra vineyards. All of his wines are of an astonishingly high standard and all receive nice ratings from the critics.
Stephane Ogier 2016 Le Temps Est Venu Blanc is medium-bodied with flavours of ripe pears, marzipan and butterscotch. It possesses great balance and a very long finish due to its refreshing acidity. It offers an impressive scent of citrus blossom, pineapple and green herbs. On the palate, this white Rhone from Ogier is medium-bodied, fresh and very stylish. This wine tastes best accompanied by (grilled) fish and shellfish (shrimp, prawns), chicken dishes and also goes very well with Eastern dishes.
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