Prior to producing benchmark Côte-Rôtie, much of the Ogier’s land was used for apricot production as opposed to wine. As the area under vine increased, the fruit began to be sold to the likes of the Guigal and Chapoutier estates. That all changed in 1987 when Michel Ogier began bottling wines under his own name before being joined by his son, Stephane, in 1998. Since Stephane's arrival, Domaine Ogier has been on an upward trajectory, scoring numerous 100 point scores with leading critics.
Stephane honed his craft in Burgundy and this influence shines through in his wines. Each prime parcel – dotted throughout Cote Rotie, on the Cote Blonde, Brune and Cote Rosiers, is vinified separately. The fruit is 80% destemmed and the use of new oak is generally restricted to the top cuvée’s, although this changes depending on the parcel and vintage. The resulting wines are expressive, classy and suave. It is clear to see why the Ogier wines are now some of the most sought after Côte-Rôtie’s around.