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2012 Domaine Michel and Stephane Ogier Cote-Rotie
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92-94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2014

Tasted first in components:  #1, from Beute du Mont, which is just above Maison Rouge in Tupin:  Fresh red fruit and floral aromas and flavors show good energy and pick up a spicy quality with aeration.  Bright and sharply focused, finishing with good clarity and cut.  #2, from Fontgeant:  Riper, spicier and darker in character, with a hint of white pepper adding bite.  Becomes more floral with air and finishes with lingering sweetness and impressive cling.  #3, from Bertholon, a new vineyard for Ogier that abuts Grandes Places:  potent blackberry and cherry aromas, with a strong mineral overtone.  Chewy and focused, offering very good depth to its bitter cherry and cassis flavors.  Turns fleshier on the finish, showing velvety tannins and a touch of violet.  #4, from Cote Blonde, also a new holding for the estate:  The most vibrant and graceful of these barrels, offering intense red berry and floral qualities and a silky, seamless texture.  Extremely mineral on the long, tightly focused finish.  The tentative blend that will make it into bottle looks to be distinctly graceful, with energetic raspberry and floral pastille aromas and flavors giving way to deeper cherry and blackberry with air.  Concentrated but also lithe on the bright, mineral-dominated finish. 

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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