2012 Michel & Stephane Ogier Cote-Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene (750ml) Pre-Arrival15 0 0 2
Stephane Ogier's Cuvee Belle Helene made its debut with the 1995 vintage named after the wife of Michel Ogier. It is made from 100% Syrah that comes from a 0.5 hectare plot planted in Cote Rozier (not far from Guigal's La Landonne). They use only the best vines which are around 90 years of age and planted by the grandfather of Stephane Ogier. The grapes are 100% whole cluster pressed then aged in 50-100% new, French oak barrels depending on the vintage. The wine stays in the new oak for the initial 12 months then neutral oak barrels for the balance. Only about 150 – 200 cases are produced each year.
"A wine that could flirt with perfection at maturity, the 2012 Côte Rôtie Cuvée Belle Helene is the polar opposite of the perfumed, finesse styled Lancement and offers a dense, powerful, masculine personality. Inky-colored, full-bodied, sensationally concentrated and still balanced and seamless, it offers a serious bouquet of dark fruits (cassis, black raspberries), crushed rock, charcoal, graphite and wood smoke. The more rounded style of the 2012 vintage gives this a touch of upfront charm, but it really needs 6-7 years of cellaring and will have three decades or more of longevity." 98 points - Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate, Dec. 2015)