“Stéphane Ogier produces outstanding wines, elegant, refined and pure.”
The soils in the Rhone Valley are the result of a geological collision between the Massif Central and the Alps, creating the valley. This region can be split into two sub-regions, Northern and Southern Rhône. The granitic rocks of Northern Rhône are the consequences of volcanic activity in the Massif Central three hundred million years ago. From Vienne to Valence, granite soils and very narrow steep slopes over are making ideal the cultivation of Syrah on terraced vineyards, bordered by walls that retain the earth.
A Passionate Lineage
Domaine Stéphane Ogier is a family business set in the town of Ampuis for the last 7 generations. Whereas many wine producers take a lifetime to make wines of note, Stéphane Ogier is already a hero for the Northern Rhône Valley. He showed great promise from an early age, receiving 100 points from Robert Parker for his Côte-Rotie "Belle Helene" 1999, when he was only twenty two but it is in his recent years that his talent has begun to mature into a confident, consistent brilliance. Stéphane studied in Beaune for 5 years and it is clear the influence that Burgundy has had on his style of wines. He has adopted a pragmatic approach to his vinification process, resulting in outstanding wines.