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The Mature 1999 Michel Ogier, La Rosine


This selection recently popped up at MacArthurs.  Unable to remember if I had drunk it before I happily grabbed a bottle.  I find that I sometimes forget which vintages of a particular wine I have drunk so I am only just starting to search my own site!  In this case had I searched for my tasting note from June 2008 I might have scared myself off from buying this wine.  Good thing I did not!  This winter I plan to start publishing my notes from my university days in the mid-1990s and from our wine-club days of 2005-2007.  For those who receive email, Twitter, or Facebook updates you are notified about all published posts.  For those who visit this site, all posts are arranged chronologically.  While an old note from 2008 will not show up on the main page of this site, it is readily found in the Archives or you may find them through the Old Tasting Notes tag.

Old Tasting Notes

The wines from Collines Rhodaniennes are typically produced from young vines in Cote-Rotie, syrah from outside the Appellation, and a vineyard in Seyssuel.  Yields may acheive 85 hl/ha with a minimum alcohol of 10.5% ABV.  La Rosine has been produced by the Ogiers since the early 1990s.  The fruit is sourced from Semons which is located at the southern end of the appellation.  Located in the commune of Tupin near Condrieu, the vineyards of Semons contain soils of granite with smooth galets.   This 5 hectare vineyard was planted between 1988 and the later 1990s.  The wine receives 14 months with 10% new oak and 90% in 2-year-old barrels which raised Cote-Rotie.  I am indebted to the ever-informative “The Wines of the Northern Rhone” by John Livingstone-Learmonth for providing this information.

This bottle was certainly better than what I drank before.  This wine is mature with its strengths being the engaging nose, initial flavors, and aftertaste.  It was a bit thin in the middle but this must be weighed against the strengths.  It was a pleasure to drink a mature bottle and recommend that you try it as well.

1999 Domaine Michel Ogier, La Rosine, VdP des Collines Rhodaniennes
There is an interesting, medium-strength nose of textured red and blue fruit that is engaging with its mature aromas and notes of cedar.  In the mouth the flavors are of tarter red fruit, initially medium bodied with a bit of a prickle.  There is a bit of grip and texture on the tongue before the flavors become lean midpalate.  There was slightly ripe fruit in the finish and fine+ tannins in the aftertaste.  The interest returns in the aftertaste as it is a bit gravelly with dark notes of tobacco.  The flavors started to fade after a few hours.

  1. January 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    The first time I drank that wine was during a major blackout here in Poland following an epic thunderstorm in July 2005.

  1. February 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

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