The 2011 Cote Roties are all brilliant, and at the upper end, some of the best wines in the vintage. Perfumed and fragrant, the 2011 Cote Rotie Classique isn’t holding much back, with loads of spice, lavender, bacon fat and sweet blackberry fruit all soaring from the glass. Very pure and lively, with great acidity, medium to full-bodied depth and superb length through the finish, this knockout 2011 will have 10-15 years of longevity. Dec 2013, www.robertparker.com
The Côte-Rôtie regular bottling from Stéphane Ogier is a blended wine that is about seventy percent Côte de Brune fruit and thirty percent Côte de Blonde, with no viognier in the blend. The wine includes about twenty percent whole clusters and is raised in thirty percent new oak casks. The 2011 offers up a very pretty, stylish bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, grilled meats, chocolate, pepper, soil and a touch of spicy new wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and suave on the attack, with a good core, a nice dollop of soil tones and a long, moderately tannic and well-balanced finish. This is a very well-made wine that is already fairly tasty, though still at least a few years away from really blossoming, but in this lineup with all these staunchly traditionalist botltings, one can see the limitations of a more modern approach in Côte-Rôtie. That is not to say that this wine is not very tasty, and I would be happy to drink it any time, but if there is a Jamet or a Champet or a Barge option on the wine list, I would certainly not opt for the Ogier bottling! Nov 2016, www.viewfromthecellar.com, Drink: 2019-2045+.