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Stéphane Ogier ‘La Rosine’ Syrah 2019

Shiraz/Syrah from Rhône Valley, Northern Rhône, France, Collines Rhodaniennes


$57ea in any 3+
$54ea in any 6+
Alc: 14%
Closure: Cork


Stéphane makes wines of great energy and vibrancy, always on the fresher end of the spectrum. Here there is both power and finesse. La Rosine comes from a single plot just outside the southern boundary of the famous Côte-Rôtie appellation.

The 2019 is much more together than the 2018 at the same stage.  Still a little puppy fat. This is generous out of the gate. The tannins silky and long match the fruit nicely. Decant in youth to get the most from this. A divine array of fruits, spices and perfumes tell the story of Syrah through Stéphane’s gentle, skilled hands.

Vibrant red and dark berry aromas show fine definition and complementary suggestions of peony, white pepper and olive. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering, Chambord, black raspberry and spicecake flavors that slowly deepen through the midpalate. Smooth tannins frame a long, lively, floral-tinged finish that echoes the spice and red fruit notes. There are qualities here that remind me a lot of a rip New World Pinot Noir.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous

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A while back I spent a couple of hours with Stéphane. Closing my eyes I can still recall the beguiling scents that lifted from the glass of each wine he poured. We tasted through the Lieux Dits, individual sites, of his Côte-Rôtie vineyards; his knowledge of the sites was only matched by the individual expression each of the wines gave us. The hit rate of the descriptors: stunning, harmony, layering, purity, length, complexity, beautiful tannins, balance, restraint and poise across the tasting was insane!

Turning to a selection of older wines from 2010, 2007 and 2005 everything just made sense. The power and elegance of these wines, with the additional layers of complexity andsecondary characters that only develop with time was on show. Such exceptional wines with so much personality.

About Stéphane Ogier

Sometimes you meet a winemaker and there is a little spark in their eye; you can just tell they have all the passion needed to excel. And then you taste!

The Ogier family has been based in Ampuis for seven generations. From the age of six Stéphane knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a winemaker. In 1997, after completing his oenological studies in Beaune, Stéphane formally joined the family estate. The domaine produces wines from 27 acres of vineyards in some of the most famous Côte-Rôtie areas, such as Lancement, Côte-Rozier, and La Viallière. Aside from his Côte-Rôtie wines, Stéphane makes a Côtes du Rhône (Le Temps est Venu) and several Syrah wines (La Rosine, L’Ame Soeur). Today, the wines have become a reference point for the appellation and are sought after by wine lovers and collectors around the world.

Shiraz or Syrah

Syrah is a French grape variety native to the Northern Rhone, in the east of France. In other parts of the world, it sometimes goes by the name Shiraz. Historically, the distinction between Shiraz and Syrah has been linked to the divide between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ world; Syrah was associated with the red wines of the Northern Rhone, and Shiraz with the bold, ripe wines of Australia and the ‘new world’.

However, over recent decades this interpretation has begun to shift. Today the decision to to refer to a wine as a Syrah or a Shiraz requires consideration, as each term comes loaded with their own preconceptions. But instead of it being a matter of Europe vs. the rest of the world, now it has less to do with location and more to do with signifying differences in style, especially in terms of climatic expression.

In the Rhône Valley, particularly around Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Cornas, the climate is classified as cool and continental and conditions can be challenging; the vineyards are often extreme, rising out the Rhône River and towards the sky at calf breaking angles. Some are terraced, while others constructed from taking rocks that have made their way to the bottom of the slopes on an annual pilgrimage back to the top. Outside of France, when a wine is labelled Syrah, it typically implies that it has been made in the style of this region: lean, elegant wines with plenty of spice and savoury character from a marginal climate. In Australia, the relatively recent expansion of cool climate vineyards and the experimentation with a wide array of making techniques has seen an increase in the diversity of styles produced, with many regions like the Canberra District, the Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills and Mornington opting to use Syrah over Shiraz.

By contrast, Shiraz is not a term you’re likely to encounter on a French label. But in the rest of the world, and especially Australia, it indicates the richer, riper style of wine for which regions like the Barossa and McLaren Vale have become famous. However, today we’re seeing an evolution in the styles of Shiraz from these warmer, more established regions. A new wave of producers are making wines with restraint and elegance through earlier picking and careful handling of fruit.

Whether the climate is cool or warm, when you have exceptional Shiraz the opportunity to experiment with whole berries, whole bunches, stalk use, cold maceration, extended maceration, fermentation vessel, maturation vessel, cap management and any of thousands of other variables is possible. In Australia, we are seeing increasing use of whole bunch ferments for at least a portion of the fruit. The perfume, stalk tannin-rich wines, layering extra dimensions into the aromas and textures of the typically more restrained wines.

So, while Syrah and Shiraz can provide useful clues about the kind of wine in your bottle, it’s important not to get too caught up in this distinction and drink with an open mind.

Single Vineyard vs Blend

Over time ‘fashions’ have shifted from blends to single vineyard wines. Perhaps driven by the popularity of Burgundy, we’ve seen the Barolista making single vineyard or Cru wines as they call them, Australia has followed, in the 70’s Guigal launched the La La’s, creating three of the now most renowned single vineyard wines of the world: La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque.

Staunch ‘terroirists’ will claim a wine loses its identity, its sense of place if blended. Personally, I just want to drink great wine, whether blended or single site. Aldo Conterno’s top wine is a blend of three adjacent vineyards: Vietti’s Castiglione represents perhaps their best value Barolo, and often includes the fruit from the Villero vineyard, which makes their Riserva in exceptional years; Sandrone’s Le Vigne is a blend. Yet all of these wineries also make single vineyard wines. With my consumer hat on I just get to enjoy the fruits of their labour!

Sitting down with Stéphane Ogier and trying 6 of his Lieux Dits, which translates to ‘said location’ and refers to a specific site akin to a single vineyard, was a fantastic experience. As Stéphane walked us through the sites, terms like feminine, masculine, floral, savoury, earthy, and structured come through. Each wine had a great personality. Most would stand on their own, however one or two looked to offer more structural elements without the balance of fruit weight (though this judgement needs to be reserved given the youth of the wine). When we got to the blended Reserve, containing each of the Lieux Dits, the whole was definitely greater than the sum of the parts. The poise and harmony of the wine were at the next level.

So, my challenge to Guigal is to make a 4 pack with the 3 La La’s individually and a blend of the 3 La La’s!

The 2018 Vintage at Stéphane Ogier

He’s especially pleased with how appealing the 2018s have been showing “since the beginning” because of their “forward fruit. That’s great for the impatients, even if they say at first that they want to cellar the wines.” Ogier is starting to play around with holding certain wines back for a few years before release for that very reason. For example, he’s thinking that he might not release his 2018 and 2019 Côte-Rôtie Réserve “for maybe even five years, we’ll see,” in the hopes that more consumers will be able to drink the wines “when they’ve had a chance to become themselves and aren’t just young fruit.”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Where in the World is IGP Collines Rhodaniennes & Seyssuel?

Collines Rhodaniennes is the IGP title for red, white and rosé wines from an area which essentially corresponds to the northern Rhône Valley wine region of eastern France. The catchment area for this title stretches from Lyon in the north to Montélimar in the south. The area is also home to some of southern France’s most famous AOC appellations, including Côte Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage.

Seyssuel is a commune village with a winegrowing history that dates back to Roman times. Decimated by phylloxera in the 1800s, it saw an unlikely renaissance in 1996 at the hands of Yves Cuilleron, François Villard and Pierre Gaillard. Today it is a blossoming patch of vineyards just north of Côte Rôtie that’s attracting some of the Northern Rhône’s biggest talent, including Stephane Ogier. It currently falls within the Collines Rhodaniennes IGP, though a dossier was submitted to the INAO in 2014 to establish appellation status for red wines made from Syrah, and whites from Viognier. If approved, of course, the zone would simply become part of the Côtes du Rhône; further dossiers and decades would be needed to climb the ladder to cru status.


90-92 Points

Vibrant red and dark berry aromas show fine definition and complementary suggestions of peony, white pepper and olive. Juicy and appealingly sweet, offering, Chambord, black raspberry and spicecake flavors that slowly deepen through the midpalate. Smooth tannins frame a long, lively, floral-tinged finish that echoes the spice and red fruit notes. There are qualities here that remind me a lot of a rip New World Pinot Noir.

Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Stéphane Ogier - Vigneron Côte-Rôtie, Route de la Taquière, Ampuis, France

Collines Rhodaniennes
Northern Rhône
Rhône Valley