1999 Michel Ogier Cote Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene

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Wine Critic Reviews for 1999 Michel Ogier Cote Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene

The finest Cote Roties Ogier has made (and he agrees) are the 1999s. The perfect 1999 Cote Rozier Cuvee Belle Helene is a seamless, majestic classic with the kind of concentration found only in Guigal's top cuvees. It boasts gorgeously sweet tannin, enormous levels of both extract and concentration, and is not only a tour de force in winemaking, but a huge Cote Rotie Syrah fruit bomb with massive glycerin, layers of extract, and plenty of toasty new oak, which is marvelously integrated given the fact that it spent 30 months in 100% new wood barrels prior to being bottled without filtration. This outstanding effort requires 5-6 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.

Robert Parker | 100 RP
This is gorgeous, with a beguiling nose of black tea, hoisin sauce and charcoal backed by a rich, velvety palate loaded with macerated plum, mulled spiced, maduro tobacco, fig and bittersweet ganache. Has a roasted edge but maintains superb definition. The finish just goes on and on. A very impressive early vintage from Stéphane Ogier.--1999 Côte-Rôtie non-blind retrospective. Drink now through 2020. 150 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 97 WS
Full medium ruby-red. Knockout wild, superripe nose combines raspberry, truffle, woodsmoke, game and black olive tapenade. Penetrating and powerful, with uncanny intensity of flavor and terrific framing acidity. Not at all oaky today. A singular wine, with all manner of roasted herbs and pepper on the back end. The slow-mounting, amazingly long finish features a pungent flavor of tapenade that remained on my palate for easily 15 minutes. Ogier says this wine is now closing down and suggested that I forget about it for at least three or four years. But this utterly distinctive Cote-Rotie should be a cellar treasure.

Vinous Media | 95 VM

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Vintage 1999
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer M.Ogier
Rating 100 RP
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Cote Rotie: The Cote-Rotie will have you feeling a distinct blend of smoked meat flavors and floral notes that bring it all to life, like a colorful salad in a feast. Expect to be greeted by subtle yet delicious hints of leather, plum, white pepper or black pepper as well, depending on the individual bottle.
Varietal Shiraz/Syrah: Syrah, or also commonly known as Shiraz is one of the darkest thick and full-bodied wine filled with aromatic hints of blueberry, blackberry, and some spicy peppery notes. Primarily grown in France, you can easily find a bottle throughout Australia, Spain, Italy, Chile, and Argentina.
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