Normally, I’d shy away from a Cote Rotie aged in 100% new oak. But this cuvee from Ogier seems to be able to take it in its stride. It was first made in 1995, and is named after current proprietor Stephane Ogier’s mother. It’s certainly a modern version of Cote Rotie, but it still has a strong sense of place. I have rated other vintages, notably the fabulous 1999, more highly. But this is still very good indeed.
Domaine Michel et Stéphane Ogier Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Belle Hélène 2007
Lively, enticing nose is super-sweet with cherry and plum fruit, as well as some violet hints. The palate is sweetly fruited, expressive and elegant with a nice peppery finish countering the almost liqueur-like sweetness of the fruit. Very big, sweet and expressive, but with potential for development. Seductive now. 94/100 (£160 The Sampler, Berry Bros & Rudd)