2017 Stéphane Ogier “Le Temps Est Venu” Cotes du Rhone

Price: $24.99

From the age of six, current owner and winemaker Stéphane knew he wanted to follow in his winemaker father’s footsteps. In 1997, after completing his oenological studies in Beaune, Stéphane formally joined the family estate known for producing wines from some of the most famous Côte-Rôtie areas. Aside from his Côte-Rôtie wines, Stéphane also produces a Côtes du Rhône (Le Temps est Venu). The Côtes du Rhône is sourced from two Village sites: Plan de Dieu across the river from Gigondas and Visan south of Rasteau. The final wine is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 5% Mourvèdre that is fermented and aged in concrete tanks. An incredibly complex Côtes du Rhône showing layer after layer of blackberries, black cherries, rich earth, fresh herbs, roasted meats and black pepper. Drink now or cellar for 5-8 years.