Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2003 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene reveals excessive amounts of toasty new oak, some unresolved acidity, a big, chewy mouthfeel, and dry, hard tannin in the finish. It appears somewhat disjointed, but full-bodied with plenty of potential, yet enough questionable features to raise reservations about its ultimate equilibrium. We will not know for 5-6 years. It should keep for 15-16 years. (Feb 2006)
The prestige cuvee and the boldest wine of the domaine is the Belle Helene, named after Stephane’s mother. The Ogiers own .32 hectares of vines planted in the 1960’s in the lieu-dit Cote-Rozier, and this special bottling is made solely of Syrah from this renowned vineyard in the Cote Brune. Vinified and aged in all new cask for 24 to 30 months, the Belle Helene is, simply put, a huge wine with copious amounts of ripe dark fruits and spice.
|This tiny estate, located in the village of Ampuis, consists of 15 acres (6 acres are within the Cote Rotie appellation). Prior to 1980, Michel, the father, sold off both his fruit and the wines he produced to the large negociant Marcel Guigal. Michel began to bottle his wines under his own label, and Bobby’s first vintage working with Domaine Ogier was 1988. Today, more than 20 years later, Stephane Ogier, his son, is in charge of the property. His youthful energy and passion for the vineyards and winemaking have resulted in the estate’s rise to superstar status over the past ten years.