La Belle Helene 2012 from Stephane Ogier: A rich, fine and complex Cote-Rotie
Produced in the Cote-Rotie appellation, La Belle Helene from Domaine Stephane Ogier is a single-variety Syrah grown on a 0.50 hectare vineyard. The vines are, on average, 80 years old and planted on schistous soil. The wine is aged in barrels for 24 months.
In the mouth, La Belle Helene 2012 from Domaine Stephane Ogier is powerful and elegant thanks to the quality of its terroir. The wine is rich, complex and very fine.
Attention, this tasting note will evolve as the wine ages based on the qualities of the wine.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.
|Producer/Bottled by||M & S OGIER D'AMPUIS 69420 AMPUIS FRANCE|
|Producer||Domaine Stéphane Ogier|
|Vineyard||Cotes du Rhone Septentrionales|