2015 Domaine Michel & Stephane Ogier "La Combe de Malleval" Condrieu (Previously $60)

SKU #1303856 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Stephane commented that he did everything he could to maintain freshness in his 2015 whites, and he’s done a fabulous job with both Condrieu releases. The 2015 Condrieu La Combe de Malleval comes from two separate parcels and offers a textbook array of apricot, flower oil, crushed rocks and sappy flowers, with building depth and richness on the palate. It’s a gorgeous Condrieu that will be even better this time next year and drink well for 4-5 years at a minimum.  (12/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Pale yellow-gold. Ripe nectarine, orange, honey and violet scents are lifted by a smoky mineral note. Stains the palate with vibrant citrus and pit fruit flavors that show superb delineation and back-end thrust. Aeration brings out subtle iodine and chamomile qualities. Shows impressive focus and mineral cut on the finish, which hangs on with strong, floral-tinged persistence. (JR)  (7/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Lovely creamed pear, green apple and peach flavors glide through, gilded with light brioche and heather accents. Has a verbena edge for brightness on the finish. Drink now through 2019. (JM)  (11/2017)


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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2019 | Send Email
Viognier is a notoriously fickle white varietal. But, when planted in a perfectly suited environment; like Condrieu, it can achieve great heights on par with the best white Burgundies. Like Chardonnay, Viognier has the body and richness to be the main attraction on any dinner table. Unlike Chardonnay, it offers up an entirely different melage of aromatics and flavors making it a charming substitute. The hallmark characteristics of peach, tangerine, and honeysuckle are on full display in the hands of wine-making masters like Michel & Stephanie Ogier. This is one of the most complete Condrieus I’m come across in quite some time. The aromatics are spot-on if not just a touch reticent. That restraint is a big part of this wines appeal dominated by flowery smells of rose petals and exotic perfume. It possesses just a touch of that oily feeling on the mid-palate that ultimately yields to a dash of zesty limey-tangerine. There’s also a faint hint of nuttiness that reveals itself on the finish. I’d suggest you pair this gem with foods that feature Moroccan and/or middle-eastern spice. Cudos to our buyer Keith for landing this wine at an insanely low price.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2019 | Send Email
Ogier is probably most famous for their Cote-Rotie wines but they make exceptional Condrieu as well. Condrieu is the region of Viognier production and home to the world's best examples. The wines often fetch a hefty price where even entry level wines from top-producers fetch $50+ a bottle. Though a comparable Burgundy could reach 2 to 3 times the price, Condrieu might offer some comparative value but is still not a household name. Perhaps it should become more so and when I tasted the 2015 of the Ogier, I knew we had a sweet spot wine that could delight already ardent fans but introduce a few new people to this overlooked category. The Ogier checked several boxes for me: First - Quality - with a few years of bottle age the wine is humming along beautifully. The profile has shifted from overt floral notes to roasted nectarine and dried pears offering a deeper complexity of minerals and white flowers. Second, cost - the supplier was parting company with the producer, so a great take all price was offered for this gorgeous wine. Finally, availability - well, just enough to make a small offer but I wish there was more. Let's say two and a half boxes. This is limited but the Ogier La Combe is a worthy addition to any cellar but also offers insanely good drinking right now.

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Varietal:

Viognier

- Relatively challenging to cultivate, this white grape's plantings were long limited to two appellations in the Northern Rhône - Condrieu, the better known of the two, and Château-Grillet - but its recent gains in popularity inspired plantings in the Languedoc-Roussillon, across California, as well as in parts of Australia, Italy, Spain and South America. Intensely aromatic and full-bodied, Viognier is prized for its aromas and flavors of stone fruits, d'Anjou pears and white flowers. In fact, its heady perfume wins it the honor of being a rare white varietal used in one of the world's top reds - Côte-Rôtie - where it is often planted amid the Syrah and co-fermented with that grape. The combination deepens the color of Côte-Rôtie and adds to its already deep and distinctive nose.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.